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Office workers failing to 'switch off'

Published: Friday, 30 May 2008   Category: Life after graduation

New technology is causing office employees to work longer hours, it has been claimed.

Research carried out by the Crowne Plaza hotel chain has indicated that a third of workers make themselves available to carry out duties for their employer at any time, with a third taking items such as laptops on holiday, reports Recruiter Magazine.

It was also reported that as many as six in ten office workers take their mobile phone to bed with them each evening.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, a spokesman for Crowne Plaza said the modern world was "seduced by technology", describing it as "addictive".

He added: "A big part of this is people genuinely loving their work, but it’s also about knowing when to sit back in a big comfy chair with a nice glass of chilled sauvignon blanc and forget all about work.

On Wednesday the Telegraph reported how US companies are allowing employees to set their own working hours, as modern technology increases flexible working opportunities.

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