Whether you're holding an iPhone, a BlackBerry, an Android or any other kind of smartphone, chances are that your gadget is letting your work life creep into your personal time.
According to the Randstad Workmonitor Report for Q1 2012 released today, majority of employees in Singapore struggle to achieve a work-life balance as technology permeates daily lives.
Of 405 employees surveyed in Singapore, around seven in ten (71 per cent) receive calls or emails outside regular office hours, and 67 per cent when they are on annual leave. Nearly half (45 per cent), say their employers expect them to be available 24/7, with the figure rising for people aged 45-54 (50 per cent) and for people aged 25-34 (49 per cent).
Randstad Regional Director, Singapore & Malaysia, Ms Karin Clarke says that modern technology is having a significant impact on the way we work.
Sixty per cent of workers say they feel they fall short of their own expectation if they don't respond to an email or phone call immediately.
"The increasing popularity of smartphones means more and more people are connected to the internet on the go. This accessibility has a knock-on effect where workers feel obliged to answer emails and calls outside of work hours," said Ms Clarke.
Conversely, close to 2/3 of respondents are bothered by people who answer their phone or respond to emails during a meeting, yet about a third admit to doing so.
At the same time, however, more than half who replied to the survey prefer face-to-face contact rather than phone or email. The same proportion also feels that they receive more information on a daily basis than they can process.
Said Ms Clarke: "Business leaders should be clear in their expectations for how 'switched on' they expect their staff to be. For example, for people in a client-facing role there may be a need to respond instantly around the clock but for others, replying on Monday morning is soon enough.
"At the same time, employees should set their own boundaries and ensure they spend uninterrupted time with friends and family and allow themselves the chance to relax," she continued.
The survey also showed that employee mobility remains high, with one-in-five (22 per cent) people having changed roles in the past six months, despite 44 per cent having been in their previous role for less than two years. This is mainly due to better employment conditions, which include higher pay or better work-life balance.
The Workmonitor Mobility Index, which tracks employee confidence and captures expectations surrounding the likelihood of changing employers within a six month time frame, provides a comprehensive understanding of job market sentiments and employee trends. In addition to measuring mobility, it provides insights into employee satisfaction and personal motivation, as well as explores sentiments around key trends shaping the world of work for employees each quarter.