social! Workers' bid to
restore work life balance
in the workplace continues to be a hot topic, but according to a recent survey
CV Library, the UK's leading independent job board, 74.5% of workers in
Liverpool don't use social media whilst at work, and of those that do, the
majority (57.1%) will only do so for up to 15 minutes.
The study surveyed 1,200 workers on their opinions around
technology in the workplace, and whether it is a distraction or an enabler to
professionals. Interestingly, the survey found that despite 55.6% of
professionals in Liverpool admitting that they use smart phones while they're at
work, the majority (76.8%) do not use technology to do personal tasks during
work hours. Other key findings revealed:-
► 26.8 % of workers in the City admitted to taking time out of their working day to contact friends or family on the phone,
however, of those, the majority (73.3%) would only do so for a maximum of 15
► 45.5% said they would not check personal emails
whilst at work.
► 76.8% would not waste time browsing the internet and
looking at irrelevant sites during work hours.
Furthermore, the study found that 62.5% of employers in Liverpool have rules in
place regarding the use of technology for personal use, and for the majority
(57.1%) this means they cannot use their phone at work. A further 20% said they
are not allowed to use social media and 11.4% are not allowed to surf the
internet during work hours.
Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of
"With new technologies always emerging and access to emails and
shared working spaces from almost anywhere, the lines between our work and our
private lives are becoming increasingly blurred. It is therefore very positive
to see that professionals in Liverpool are being careful not to spend their
working hours doing personal errands or making calls; drawing a more definitive
line between their work and home life. By ensuring your work hours are spent
dedicated to staying on top of your workload, you can leave work behind at the
end of the day and enjoy your free time as you please."
survey also found that the majority (85.7%) of professionals in the City think
that using technology at work is beneficial. When asked why they felt is it
useful to them, respondents said that it enables them to connect with customers
and clients from all over the world (25%), enables them to work from different
locations (22.9%), saves time (20.8%) and helps them to communicate with people
in real time (18.8%).
"It's clear that technology is both important and useful to Liverpool's
professionals, enabling them to work remotely and connect with people all over
the world. That said, it's important that workers stay focused when using these
technologies. The odd 15 minutes here and there may be passable, but if you find
yourself falling behind as a result, or having to put in overtime, it could be
time to ditch the tech and focus on a healthier work life balance!"