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October 16, 2000
Technology Has Done Little to Change Hours Spent at Work

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Workers want to spend less time working at the office(surprise, surprise) but will their employers go along?

RESTON, Va., -- Wireless phones, hand-held computers and other electronic devices have set the stage for the most mobile society ever known. However, these technological advances have done little to impact the amount of time workers spend within the confines of their offices and workplaces. According to a new survey commissioned by CareerBuilder and CareerPath.com 77 percent of workers said that time spent at work has not decreased with the advent of electronic mobile devices.

Work from home is top perk

Diane Strahan, vice president of marketing at CareerBuilder found this amazing: "This is an incredible finding when you consider that job-seekers covet more time spent outside the workplace," According to the survey, "Balancing Work & Life," 87 percent of job-seekers are looking for companies that support workers in their efforts to juggle work responsibilities with personal and family needs; and 74 percent said that work from home is the most desired life-friendly job perk.

"Many tools are available, but companies and employees are not always working together to use technology in ways to optimize worker flexibility," Strahan said. "Employers and workers have just begun to explore management of the whole work experience."

Similarly, e-mail is also not changing the amount of time people spend at work. Seventy percent said that e-mail has not had an impact on the number of work hours they work and 19 percent said their work-week hours have actually increased; only 12 percent said their workloads have decreased as a result of e-mail. Seventy-nine percent use e-mail for personal purposes, at least once a day. For complete survey results, visit CareerBuilder at http://www.careerbuilder.com/survey/balancing/balancing.html .

*The online survey (+/- 2.3 percent accuracy) conducted by SurveySite drew 1,862 respondents during a ten-day period.

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