Australia is a country of mobile addicts, with 88 per cent using mobile phones to work extra hours, according to secure enterprise mobility solution vendor, Good Technology.
Its recent study revealed the results of its inaugural new work-life balance survey, analysing Australia’s addiction to smartphones and mobile email.
They show people are more tethered to their devices than ever before, relying on them to get more work done, socialise with family, friends and colleagues, and even build romantic relationships.
Good Technology found 41 per cent of respondents first check their phone on or before 7am, with almost half indicating they check their phone for messages as soon as they wake, even on weekends. 35 per cent said they check their phone and email in bed, while 32 per cent last check their phone at 10pm or later.
Asia-Pacific vice-president and corporate general manager, Jim Watson, said we are living in the connected age as mobile devices like phones and tablets become indispensible tools to manage professional and personal lives.
“As our reliance on mobility continues to grow, there will be an increased need for companies and individuals to manage this more effectively. For example, ensuring that sensitive company information is kept secure, while still giving employees the freedom to use their mobile devices in their personal lives,” he said.
However, of those in relationships, 24 per cent indicated they have had rows with their partner about working on their mobile outside of work hours, while 1.4 per cent admitted to having broken up with a partner because of their device usage.
Watson claimed it increases the importance for workers to feel in control and not let their mobile rule them, as well as use the technology in aid of personal relationships.
“The technology exists to enhance productivity and enable greater flexibility between work and personal life—not cause us to work all the time.
“Mobility has ‘unchained us’ from the office so that we can all be productive and connect from anywhere, anytime—whether that’s at home, in the office, while waiting for your coffee at the shop or taking in a child’s cricket game,” he added.