This is a great article written by a friend of mine – Ian Price – for the Guardian newspaper in the UK.
One of the startling statistics he quotes is the fact that Blackberry users spend much more time checking email on weekends than those without. It backs up an argument I have been making: an employee with a smartphone is better for a manager than one without… at least in the short term.
It might be worse for the employee, their families, their friends and also for the company in the long-run, but managers who require their employees to check email on weekend needn’t worry.
Ian also makes the point that those who like to appear busy have found the perfect companion in their smartphones, but this frenetic attention comes at a price — lower productivity via less quiet, reflective time that’s needed to do deep thinking. It echoes the words of the book “Flow” perfectly.
Here is the link to Four-Day Working Week? Three Cheers!