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Woman multi tasking to show work-life blend overtaking work-life balance

Does work-life balance still exist?

Maintaining a work-life balance is fast becoming a myth in European offices, as employees are becoming more reliant on using technology to blend their personal and professional tasks.

According to the People-Inspired Security report by Samsung Electronics, 75% of European employees are blending their professional and personal lives by doing personal tasks in work time, while 77% of employees are doing work-related tasks in their personal time.

Out of the 1,000 UK respondents who took part in the survey, 39% stated work-life blending helps them get more work done in the same amount of time.

Over a third of UK respondents (34%) also said they believe it helps them manage their personal tasks better, while 28% stated it makes them less stressed.

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“With the rise of mobile devices in the workplace it’s not surprising that work and life tasks are starting to blend,” Graham Long, vice president of the enterprise business team at Samsung UK and Ireland, said.

“There is increasing demand from people to be able to do more on one device – whether that’s to work remotely or spend time online shopping during their commute – and a clear challenge for businesses to embrace new ways of working but ensure all devices are highly secure and efficient.”

The survey found UK workers have on average nine personal apps, such as Facebook, WhatsApp or Candy Crush, on their work-issued smartphones, and eight work-related apps, such as Microsoft Outlook or Lync, on their personal smartphones.

Over four in ten (41%) use the same personal smartphone for work and personal purposes.

The research also highlighted there is considerable confusion amongst European office workers – especially UK workers – around what to do regarding mobile devices and IT security.

“Over one third of Britons (36%), compared to 29% of all European respondents, use their personal devices in the office for work purposes despite not knowing, or caring, whether they are actually allowed to (e.g. they might use a personal tablet computer to send work emails regardless of work policy on such activity),” the report stated.

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