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Managers are role models for smart phone use – and new research from the
Australian School of Business shows always-on cultures are hampering
productivity, effectively turning workers into "human pinballs" as they
bounce from one distraction to the next with no time to think. Setting a
poor example for technology use can send employees down the fast path
to burnout, with ambitious staffers particularly at risk of
over-engagement. While some individuals are turning off communication
devices or leaving them in the office, switched-on organisations are
pre-emptively tackling the issue.

Managers are role models for smart phone use – and new research from the
Australian School of Business shows always-on cultures are hampering
productivity, effectively turning workers into "human pinballs" as they
bounce from one distraction to the next with no time to think. Setting a
poor example for technology use can send employees down the fast path
to burnout, with ambitious staffers particularly at risk of
over-engagement. While some individuals are turning off communication
devices or leaving them in the office, switched-on organisations are
pre-emptively tackling the issue.

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