VoIP Used More for People Working in Their Off Hours
September 09, 2013
By Oliver VanDervoort
, Contributing Writer
The way that offices do business in the modern era is changing at a rapid pace. The idea of employees working 9-to-5 has been going away for quite some time and with advances in business tools, it doesn’t seem as though they will be coming back any time soon. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) as well as mobile devices, has made it that much easier for people to work from wherever they want and whenever they want.
A new survey of British workers indicated that more and more employees are working during hours that are supposed to be reserved for personal time. VoIP and mobile devices are playing a rather large part in this growing phenomenon. Jive Software (News - Alert) carried out the survey and found that nearly 90 percent of British workers now say they are working outside of the traditional work hours, and 18 percent of the people surveyed said that they work as many as 10 extra hours per week, during their personal time.
While technology has been great when it comes to moving businesses forward, it hasn’t been all that positive for the world’s workaholics. The survey found that as many as 34 percent of respondents said that they tend to work while they are on vacation. Fourteen percent said they don’t go on vacation, because they are so dedicated to their jobs.
Being able to take and receive business calls wherever they are has cut into people’s free time in a way that was never possible before. Leaving the office doesn’t mean leaving work, thanks to VoIP and mobile VoIP as well as technology like video conferencing. While just 36 percent of Britons say that they use their own phones or mobile devices to work, a whopping 62 percent in the United States do the same. That trend only appears to be growing as we move further into the 21st century.