How many times have you gone to a restaurant and watched families eat disconnected from each other, looking at their phones instead of talking to each other. So many times I have gone out and watched as families eat in silence. Fork in one hand and phone in the other.
I'm all for technological progress and all, BUT its really starting to encroach on our family time.
I can't count how many times I have came into a room and found my husband checking and replying to emails in the evening oblivious that one of the kids is asking for help.
Many of us are hooked on checking our phones every couple of minutes.
Since the creation of email, laptops and smart phones the lines between work and family life have become increasingly blurred.
Many companies expect employees to continue to work outside of the workplace. International companies now expect employees to take early morning or late night conference calls regardless of their family commitments.
Before the era of technological advances workers went to work and did their job then clocked off at night and enjoyed their family time without any work related distractions.
Depression, stress, insomnia and anxiety are all on the increase, a coincidence? No!
People now feel that they never REALLY get away from work, its always there in the background it's always present on your smart phone and you are always expected to be "available".
Many peoples are being paid for a 40 hour work week and yet many, many workers are racking up double that.....even though they are not receiving a penny more for it.
Many people are not taking their annul holidays stating that they are simply too busy at work to take time off. Millions of annual holidays are going unused every year. People are working harder than ever and yet are not receiving an adequate salary to even afford a vacation for those holiday days. Crazy I know!
Companies would really benefit from taking a step back and allowing employees to disconnect. If this was implemented many companies would see productivity increase as well as stress related absences decrease.