STRESS AND TECHNOLOGY

By Amy Schlubach

Technology is just advancing so fast it’s hard sometimes to envision a world without it. The other end of that is that the more technologically advanced we get, the smaller the world gets.

With Blackberries, I-Pads, I-Phones and Androids and so on, are all getting more and more advanced with apps that can do more and more.  These days you can’t go anywhere and lose your connection to friends and family. It can be a terrific boon to your social life, but for every positive, there usually an equal negative.

Wouldn’t it be nice to just leave work and literally leave work?

A friend of mine is constantly getting calls from co-workers asking questions. If that’s not enough, she has to take time out of her days off to respond to e-mails from her cell phone.

For all its wonderful advances, it seems like technology makes everyone’s job a 24-hour affair.

The inability to escape work-related stress is now practically everywhere.

Employers expect that workers will now check their business email from a home computer or dealt with on their cell phones.  It is becoming more and more difficult to separate the personal life from the work life.

Even when people leave work they can be stressed thinking about it, so some are voluntarily checking their e-mails to ease their minds.  According to Business Insider, a study showed 25% of people check into work hourly while on vacation, via email and phone. 59% said they check work during traditional holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving.

Business Insider also found 25% of employees say work is their main source of stress and 40% say their job is “very or extremely stressful.”

“It’s a Small World,” the Disney song once said. Technology is making it smaller almost by the minute.

At Crossroads Consulting let us help you find your little corner of the world by finding you the right job for you and cut some of that unwanted stress in your life.

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