Mobile workers are happy to put in extra hours

A survey in the UK, conducted by Mori, on behalf of Toshiba, revealed that almost half of employees with laptops work more than 45 hours each week, seven hours above the national average.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  February 8, 2001

Silicom.com reports that laptop workers in the UK not only spend an extra seven hours a week working, but also have no grumbles about the extra work.

The survey by Mori, conducted on behalf of Toshiba, revealed that almost half of employees with laptops work more than 45 hours each week, and 85 per cent claimed there was no extra stress from doing so, while two-thirds of respondents added mobile working had upped their productivity.

According to figures from the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) just over five per cent of the UK workforce - 1.5 million people - spend a significant amount of time working from home.

The increase in mobile working can be explained by falling prices in technology and telecoms, along with changes in work practices said, Ursula Huws, associate fellow at the Institute of Employment Studies, adding that ongoing research shows one in 10 European employers make use of laptop technologies.

But, Richard Scase, professor of organisational behaviour at the University of Kent, told Silicom.com that there are still attitude changes required before the potential of new technologies and home working can be fully realised: "The potential of laptop technologies is prevented from being fulfilled by a culture of management which says we don't trust you unless you come in to work every day," he said.

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