Ask yourself, do you feel guilty about using your smartphone? It sounds like a strange question, but as new research shows, it’s an entirely valid one. And then answer? Read on.
The MDM (mobile device management) leader MobileIron reports that 58 per cent of Generation Mobile experience “mobile guilt”.
This emerges because of their increasing dependence on handheld devices for personal and professional reasons. Each is invading on the other’s space.
For example, the polls shows that 61 per cent feel guilty when they receive some form of work-related communication during their own time.
A similar number (58 per cent) admitted that they felt this way when receiving personal messages during working hours.
“Mobile is fundamentally changing how we work and live,” noted Bob Tinker, chief executive officer of MobileIron.
“The Gen M Study, to us, reflects the emerging, connected culture of modern business. Forward-thinking companies embrace this change and understand that mobile is as much an HR program as a technology initiative.
“To recruit and retain the best and brightest employees, companies must establish policies that are aligned with the way employees want to work and live.”
Further, this blurring of the work/life balance is transforming the way people go about things. Increasingly, as this paper shows, Gen M is keen to “mix things up”.
For example, 60 per cent of respondents to the survey said that they would look for other work if their employers did not allow them to do personal stuff – via their smartphone/tablet – at work, or if they did not allow them to work remotely.
Mr Tinker added that smartwatches are going to further complicate things. These devices are “more permanent” in so far as they remain on us more than smartphones during work and outside of it.
He concluded: “These wearables will increase our connectedness and, possibly, our guilt about mixing our work and personal lives.”