As part of their ‘The Changing World’ research project, loveit coverit surveyed 300 professionals about their use of technology at work, their work-life balance and how smartphones have impacted upon it.
The research is the basis of a large project that examines whether smartphones and other technologies offer benefits or drawbacks to our working lives. This is collated with expert analysis and insights from industry experts and mental health professionals to form a complete picture of the subject.
The survey from loveit coverit shows that smartphones have become incredibly important in our day-to-day working lives, with 80% of respondents stating that they use theirs regularly to complete tasks. Of that number, 33.2% suggested that they used text messaging the most, 26% stated emails, and 25% said that they mainly used their smartphones for calls.
Surprisingly, only 4% of respondents said that they use their smartphone for appointments, calendars, and bookings – trailing behind social media in levels of use.
3 out of 4 respondents admitted to checking their smartphone for work purposes outside of their contracted hours. This has raised concerns about how professionals can maintain a healthy work-life balance and the impacts it can have on mental health.
Despite this, there are some obvious positives to using a smartphone for work. For example, it can make it easier for individuals to communicate with one another whilst outside of the office (or co-working space) and allows people to work remotely if needs be. Equally, there are in-built smartphone measures that can help people track their mobile usage, such as activity tracking apps or Screen Time.
Indeed, just under half of respondents stated that they have used some form of smartphone activity tracker, with a majority of those suggesting that it prevents them from using their smartphone outside of working hours.
Whilst there are some positives to using smartphones for work, the negatives cannot be overlooked. This includes the ability to become distracted from tasks as well as the impact it can have on a healthy work-life balance; if you can take work anywhere, it can be difficult to fully switch off.
The full results of the survey can be found on the loveit coverit website, along with expert analysis and advice on maintaining a proper work-life balance.
The research is part of a wider project ‘The Changing World’, looking into how smartphones have changed the modern world and the way we live in it.