Tech woes top source of workplace stress in Canada: study

Technology woes are the top source of stress in the Canadian workplace, a new study reports.

Malfunctioning technology topped a new Toshiba of Canada survey of1,000 Canadians, with 40 per cent of respondents naming it as thebiggest source of workplace stress.

Though tablets, smartphones and apps have madeworking more mobile andflexible than ever before, the study suggests our increasing relianceon these technologies in and outside the office – especially with thebring your own device (BYOD) trend blurring the linesbetween both – hasnot lessened our stress on the job.

“What is surprising is the number of respondents who attribute theirstress to workplace technology. Technology should make your lifeeasier,” said Melissa Moore, social media and communications manager atToshiba of Canada, in a news release accompanying the study results.

Among other findings, 52 per cent believe malfunctioning office techtakes away from other work responsibilities, 25 per cent have missed adeadline due to a technology failure, and 57 per cent believe theirboss would accept a technology failure as a legitimate excuse for amissed deadline.

Tablet users appear to be aparticularly stressed out bunch. They’rethree times more likely to yell at their coworkers when they feelstressed compared with non-tablet users, and 86 per cent of them reportfeeling workplace stress versus just 68 per cent of laptop users and 57per cent desktop devotees.

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