Our workplaces are becoming leaner as we attempt to manage the challenges of an increasingly competitive environment while also trying to maximize productivity. Globalization and the introduction of new products and service markets continue to test our productivity and our capacity to deliver on our most important objectives.
The impact of social media also raises some important obstacles in terms of our productivity. Our ability to remain connected 24 hours a day, seven days a week has intensified the pressure to continue to work long after we have left the office. It is now quite commonplace for people to take work home with them on weeknights and weekends. A recent survey by U.S. Travel Association and GfK, a market research firm, has confirmed that many employees do not take any time off from work, with some wearing it as a badge of honour.
Over and above the impacts on our psychological and physical health, an important question that is lost in all of this “activity” is whether or not these advancements facilitate our productivity. Leslie Perlow, author of Sleeping with your Smartphone, conducted a four-year study with Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to find an answer.