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How to know when you’re way too plugged in

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by Mike DeGiorgi

Laptops, cell phones, BlackBerries, IM, wireless everything. The U.S. work force stays connected to the workplace more than ever.

A study by Brigham Young University’s business school shows that 60 percent of U.S. executives can’t take a vacation without staying in regular communication with the office. More than 80 percent report that it’s impossible to “disconnect” from work, even when the workday ends. The study doesn’t just refer to physical accessibility by cell phone or e-mail. It raises concerns about the inability to psychologically disengage from work to focus on family and other non-work interests. Even the organizational language has changed in response to this phenomenon. “Work/life balance” now is called “work/life integration.”

Obvious benefits result from being constantly in touch with work. Problems may not have time to fester or escalate. Stakeholders can be reached to sign off on important ini...(register to read more)

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