The question is, does technology help you keep a balanced work and personal life? I wanted to write about this topic because I know all of us deal with this dilemma on a daily basis. I know I do. How much do we allow work life creep into our personal lives? Do we allow our employees to telecommute and require them to stay connected 24/7? Does having this technology give us more freedom or does it handcuff us to work? Are we able to spend more time with the family being connected 24/7 or does it actually hinder our personal lives?
Professionals will call on their smartphones to work harder and hopefully gain some freedom, relying more and more on mobile e-mail, integrated calendars and contacts lists while away from the office. Managed Mobility is the next frontier for professionals, helping us to stay connected all day every day but at what cost? For me, I love technology and take full advantage of it. It allows me to leave work early, take a day off, spend time with my family but also be in the know. I can keep my finger on the pulse of my company and feel comfortable knowing I am not missing anything. There is a downside to all this connectivity. For example when you are spending time with your family and your phone is ringing, important emails are coming into your inbox and you slowly get sucked into the black hole. I don’t know about you but I am willing to deal with the occasional interruption if it means I don’t have to live at the office. The steady growth of communications technology in our lives has created a “love-hate” relationship with the smart phones and wireless laptops that increasingly blur the lines between the workplace and our personal lives. Professionals will continue to grapple with achieving a work-life balance.
Does unified communications help to enhance workforce collaboration both in and away from the office? Another way that makes us pounder the question, does technology help you keep a balanced work and personal life, is the increasing prevalence of voice over IP in the workplace. These include a single number that reaches you on any device and “rich presence” – enabling individuals to view who is on the network and how best to reach them whether by phone, instant message or e-mail. Soft phones — IP-based phones that can plug into any IP network — can control costs, particularly in this era of globalization where workers may need to connect from home with their colleagues in other regions of the world. The term unified communications has made life a bit easier for all of us.
To sum up this post I would say that technology is ever increasing and as with anything it has its pros and cons but for me the pros far out weigh the cons.