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Mobility more stressful for men than for women

Cell phones at work cause stress

Published onsdag 2 maj 2012 kl 08.46
Cell phones increase stress but people still want a more flexible, mobile work situation. Photo: Katarina Larsson/Swedish Radio

Almost 20 percent of companies in Sweden no longer provide their employees with land line telephones. Instead, employees use cell phones and often smart phones in the cities. But mobility in the workplace is increasing stress and making it harder to relax. Still, even though cell phones increase stress, people want a more flexible, mobile work situation, reports TT News Agency.

"They want to be able to pick up their kids at daycare and then work for a couple of hours in the evening," Mats Lundquist, a manager with telecoms company Telenor Sweden, told TT.

According to Telenor's Mobility Report 2012, which surveyed 1,000 users of mobile phones paid for by companies and 600 decision makers, a quarter of the employees do more of their private errands during work time than before, and almost half of them do more work-related things in their free time than before.

In fact, mobility is the key to getting the "puzzle of life" to work, say almost 60 percent of those asked. But this does create stress. Forty-three percent say that the mobility causes more stress and makes it harder to relax. But there is a difference between how men and women perceive it. More women say that mobility decreases stress levels.

"This could be because women often have a good ability to manage several things at the same time and that the mobile work life helps reduce stress associated with work and family life," says Lundquist.

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