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Technology addiction in the workplace

Technology Addiction in the Workplace

Who is Responsible?

Taylor Danner & Sally Lewis


Addiction
Addiction:

  • the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, such as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma

  • A behavior becomes an addiction when it interferes with normal body functions such as sleeping and eating, with work, productivity, and with social and family relationships.


The problem
The Problem

  • employees experience constant connectivity to workplace

  • Technology addictions develop

  • Should employers be held liable?


The debate
The Debate

  • Is it ethical for employers to either encourage or to require their employees to stay connected?

  • Currently, is there an appropriate or fair implementation of wireless technologies at the workplace and at home?

  • Should addiction to such devices be attributed to employers who insist on their use- both inside and outside the office?


Who do you think should be blamed
Who do You think should be blamed?

  • Employer

  • Employee

  • Manufacturers of the devices


Gayle porter associate professor at rutgers university
Gayle Porter (Associate Professor at Rutgers University)

  • "There are costs attached to excessive work due to technology. Information and communication technology (ICT) addiction has been treated by policy makers as a kind of elephant in the room -- everyone sees it, but no one wants to acknowledge it directly. Owing to vested interests of the employers and the ICT industry, signs of possible addiction -- excess use of ICT and related stress illnesses -- are often ignored."


How can you tell the difference
How can you tell the difference?

  • Employee’s Choice vs. Employer’s Manipulation

  • Porter: “When professional advancement (or even survival) seems to depend on 24/7 connectivity, it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish between choice and manipulation”


The employers are to blame
The Employers ARE to Blame

  • The technology addiction problem is due to the employers and their high demand for employees to stay connected so frequently. This demand forces employees to be constantly connected, inside and outside of the workplace, and therefore the employee has no choice.


Why stay connected
Why stay connected?

  • Manipulation

  • Fear

  • Pressure

  • Often employees are given things by the company, like cell phones and laptops, in order to stay connected.


Manipulation
Manipulation

  • What if the employer is manipulating the employee to be connected for the employers benefit?

  • Porter: “If an employer manipulates an individual's propensity toward workaholism or technology addiction for the employer's benefit, the legal perspective shifts.”


Fear and pressure
Fear and Pressure

  • Fear of missing out

  • Afraid of being fired or missing a promotion

  • Pressure to produce more

  • Pressure to get ahead

  • Porter: “But for an employee looking to get ahead, get a raise or keep a job, staying connected with work during evenings and on weekends is more of a necessity than a choice”


Vacation a time to relax
Vacation: a time to relax?

  • America Online and Opinion Research Corporation

    • Polled 4,000 adults

    • 60% of e-mail users check e-mail while on vacation

  • The Sheraton Chicago Hotel


What s next
What’s next?

  • Suing the employers

  • Porter: “If companies develop a culture

    in which people are expected to be available 24 hours a day, then they

    should be prepared for the physical

    and psychological consequences”

  • Similar case: Barney


  • Many employers have programs that help their workers who have other types of addictions. Technology addiction could have as much damage to the mental health as other things do. Do you think that employers should be responsible for providing their employees with help if they are addicted?


The employer should not be liable
The employer should have other types of addictions. Technology addiction could have as much damage to the mental health as other things do. Do you think that employers should be responsible for providing their employees with help if they are addicted?not be liable

  • unless employers require their employees to be accessible after business hours, they are not liable because technology proficiency is important for most competitive companies, and the risk of becoming dependent on technology should be considered an equal risk to other work related hazards


History of addictive behaviors
History of Addictive Behaviors have other types of addictions. Technology addiction could have as much damage to the mental health as other things do. Do you think that employers should be responsible for providing their employees with help if they are addicted?

  • Addiction occurred years before the age of technology

  • Long list of compulsive behavior & treatment centers

  • When a person cannot exercise personal control disorder


Workaholics
Workaholics have other types of addictions. Technology addiction could have as much damage to the mental health as other things do. Do you think that employers should be responsible for providing their employees with help if they are addicted?

  • addicted to work

  • lead to or be mistaken for technology addiction

  • Not contributed to unreasonable demands of the employer

  • Based on an individual desire and compulsive behavior.


  • Ivan Goldberg, M.D.- “There's no such thing as Internet addiction. The Internet is about as addictive as work: Sure, there are workaholics, but they're simply working to avoid the other problems in their lives”

  • Gayle Porter- “If people work longer hours for personal enrichment, they assume the risk.”


Psychiatrist david averbach
Psychiatrist David Averbach addiction. The Internet is about as addictive as work: Sure, there are workaholics, but they're simply working to avoid the other problems in their lives”

  • “Personal restraint is really the key, and can employers be liable for (lack of) personal restraint?”

  • these technological devices only work when they are turned on, and that an employee is capable of turning them off outside of business hours


Technology addicted employees are not beneficial to employers
Technology addicted employees are addiction. The Internet is about as addictive as work: Sure, there are workaholics, but they're simply working to avoid the other problems in their lives”Not beneficial to employers

  • Misuse of technology within business hours lower productivity

  • opposite affect of efficiency

  • Companies establish guidelines for use


Finding the source
Finding the source addiction. The Internet is about as addictive as work: Sure, there are workaholics, but they're simply working to avoid the other problems in their lives”

  • communication through technology is not restricted to the workplace

  • Pinpointing employers new possibility of law suits

    Judy Olsen (professor of business information technology & psychology): “Are employers responsible for people getting lung cancer because they allow smoking on the premises”


Students employees choices
Students, Employees, & Choices addiction. The Internet is about as addictive as work: Sure, there are workaholics, but they're simply working to avoid the other problems in their lives”

  • Employees and students high technology addiction

  • Can students blame University for technology addiction?

  • Students entering job market expect constant connectivity

  • Discuss addictive behavior with employer before accepting position



Statistics
Statistics University):

  • 5-10% American population addicted to technology

  • Over 50% of technology addicts also suffer from other addictions (established addictive personality)

  • emotional problems often factors in lives of technology addicts


Rick ueno
Rick Ueno University):

  • Manager of Sheraton Chicago Hotel; “King of Crackberry”

  • Former technology addict

  • Solved problem by giving up BlackBerry overnight

  • Started program for clients suffering from technology addiction

    *many employers realize high potential of technology addiction


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