Work-life ‘blend’ could be a headache for businesses

Employees are ditching a work-life balance in preference of ‘blending’, according to a new set of figures from Samsung. The mobile phone developer surveyed 4500 office workers and found a majority, around three-quarters, were doing personal tasks during the workday, and work whilst at home.

The study found 36 per cent said this blending made them more productive overall, and 30 per cent said they were doing this sort-of thing now more than ever. However, 70 per cent say they spend at least half an hour a day paying bills or similar tasks while they’re at work.

Italians seem to practice this as standard: around 90 per cent blend their home and work life.

When it comes to office regulation of these behaviours: a lot of workers say they don’t really care. A third of workers said they didn’t know or care if they’re allowed to check personal devices at work.

There’s a problem with this. While BYOD, or bring your own device, is a policy which encourages workers to be more productive in and outside of work; it sets up security risks which endanger protected company data.

Data attacks are becoming more common, and companies are hard-pressed to keep data security up-to-date. This investment into company data security does not affect personal devices, which may hold important company data.

Furthermore, companies which have been found to not protect their data sufficiently could be liable for €100m (~£82m) fines or 5% of global income, if that is higher, after recent changes in EU data security legislation.

While ‘blending’ can be important to a company’s efficiency and flexibility in changing work environments: a laissez faire approach to personal device use at work should be discouraged by employers.

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