Ubiquitous Connectivity & Work-Related Stress

Ubiquitous Connectivity & Work-Related Stress

J. Ramsay (University of the West of Scotland, UK), M. Hair (University of the West of Scotland, UK) and K. V. Renaud (University of Glasgow, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-960-1.ch081
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The way humans interact with one another in the 21st Century has been markedly influenced by the integration of a number of different communication technologies into everyday life, and the pace of communication has increased hugely over the past twenty-five years. This chapter introduces work by the authors that considers the ways one communication-based technology, namely e-mail, has impacted workers’ “thinking time”, and become both a “workplace stressor” and an indispensable communications tool. Our research involved both a longitudinal exploration (three months) of the daily e-mail interactions of a number of workers, and a survey of individuals’ perceptions of how e-mail influences their communication behavior in general, and their work-related communication in particular. Initial findings, in the form of individual differences, are reported here. The findings are presented in relation to the way workplace stressors have changed over the past quarter century.

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