Computer says no – millennials feeling technology tension

The survey reveals the challenges confronting workplaces and one key issues is how emerging ways of working are contributing to technology tension and stress.

Unable to put your phone down? Constantly checking emails from the boss? Well, join the club because more than half of young Australian workers are experiencing technology tension or technology-related stress.

That is one of the more concerning findings in the 2016 Snapshot of the Australian Workplace – a national survey of 1001 workers undertaken by not-for-profit global think-tank, Reventure Ltd.

“The survey reveals the challenges confronting workplaces and one key issue is how emerging technologies are contributing to stress,” said Reventure’s lead researcher Dr Lindsay McMillan.

According to the survey, 29% of Australians feel a high amount of stress often or always in relation to their job, and 44% feel a high amount of stress at work sometimes. In regards to technology, 54% of millennials are experiencing technology-related stress and 46% of workers said technology brings with it a feeling of being “always on.”

“This research reveals a concerning outcome of the increased role technology is playing in the workplace, especially for younger people,” Dr McMillan said.

“While technology has undoubtedly increased productivity and connectedness, it seems to be having a troubling impact on work patterns and the ability of workers to switch off from their job.

“Work-life balance is vitally important for all Australians and it’s important that ubiquitous technology does not negatively impact on healthy relationships and lifestyles outside of work. To address this requires a concerted response from employers and industry to change the culture – or it will only get worse,” said Dr McMillan said.

“That’s why we have started the campaign called A Future That Works to focus business leaders, employers, employees, consultants and contractors on renewing their own workplaces,” she said.

A Future That Works is aimed at undertaking research to highlight the issues, such as work-related stress, and finding solutions so that workplaces can more actively engage with modern challenges.

“Over the next few years we will undertake more research into potential solutions to better engage employees and create healthier workplaces,” Dr McMillan said.

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