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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Technology blamed for workers 
being forced to log in from home

Danielle Stephens

Published 12/08/2014 | 02:30

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72pc of Irish employees work from home outside of office hours

NEW technology is to blame for the excess amount of work that some Irish employees feel they are obliged to do outside normal working hours, trade union representatives have said.

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A new study reported that 72pc of Irish employees work from home outside of office hours.

The survey, which questioned 100 participants around the country, also found that 40pc of workers feel "totally stretched" and they find it difficult to get time to themselves.

A spokesperson for the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) said that new technology was preventing people from "letting go" after a long day at work.

This was due, in part, to some employers taking advantage of improving technology, using it to "chain workers to their desk".

"Some employees are constantly checking mails, texts and their voicemail messages, despite having left the office hours ago.

"This may be due to a perceived threat from employers, who force their employees to keep on top of things even if they're not clocked in," they added.

The survey, which was carried out by Pharmaton, also showed that women were busier than men during an average week, with 70pc struggling to make time for themselves. On top of that, women expend 15pc more energy than men on average.

According to a spokesperson for ICTU, women tend to overwork themselves in an attempt to level the playing field in their work environment.

Irish Independent

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