Published on Oct 25, 2016

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connectivityWhat’s not to love about being able to contact anyone, anywhere, anytime?

Connectivity via smartphones with their ability to send and receive texts, emails, search websites and even work on documents, has changed the way we live and work.

Being able to login to your office desktop from home seems like a really handy piece of digital technology. After all you can work in your PJs and snack on Milo to your heart’s content, and yet still be productive member of staff.

It is fantastic to be able to home commute until you realise that its 8 o’clock at night and you haven’t left your screen for more than 5 minutes in the last 10 hours.

And while it sounds over the top, that kind of scenario does happen. I’m sure we all can relate to the folding of time and space that that seems to occur whenever we sit in front of a computer screen.

Our days are now punctuated by pings, pops, bells and dings, not to mention those annoying little jingles , all of which require some kind of action from us.

More connected = more stress?

You would think that with all the extra time you can contact your employees, your clients and your bank manager, that mobile phones and connectivity have increased the level of stress we are under.

But studies actually show that the opposite is true. Smartphone actually help us manage our day better.

Dead-time, like catching the train home from work, is now being used to contact a client, or organise dinner with your family.

The time that you spend chasing people is also radically decreased, and you can hold a business meeting using Skype from anywhere within Australia’s network.

Digital etiquette

While all that connectivity is great, the digital work world is starting to impose its own particular problems upon our day to day lives.

Phone etiquette, an unspoken set of rules, is not always clear or consistent about how appropriate it may be to contact your employee after hours.

Some workers might prefer you to email them that contract you want proofed so they can read it over their breakfast cereal. Other workers may get upset if you call them 30 minutes after they’ve left the office.

It’s up to you to have that conversation with your employees. Find out what suits them. Not everyone has the same obligations and responsibilities in their private life, and not everyone has the same boundaries.