People Feel Guilty About Texting At Work But Do It Anyway, Survey Finds

Work-life balance is difficult, if not impossible in today’s supremely connected society. It’s hard to stop your job from invading your life if you’ve got your work email on your smartphone, just as it’s difficult to fight the urge to check Facebook at the office.

And as people’s personal lives bleed into their work lives, many feel guilty about it, according to a survey commissioned by MobileIron, a company that provides security software to companies to protect employee mobile devices.

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Ojas Rege, MobileIron’s VP of Strategy, described “mobile guilt” as the feeling associated with “stealing personal time to do work, or stealing work time to do personal activities.”

From December 17, 2014 to January 22, 2015, the Harris Poll conducted an online survey on behalf of MobileIron of more than 3,500 full- or part-time workers throughout Germany, Japan, the U.K., France, Spain and the U.S. who use mobile devices for work.

According to the survey, 56 percent of people check or send personal email at work at least once a day, and 47 percent check or send work email during personal time at least once a day. Fifty-two percent of people send personal text messages during work hours at least once a day, and 38 percent of people send work texts during personal hours at least once a day.

Fifty-three percent said they feel guilty when receiving personal communications at work, but they weren’t asked whether they feel guilty about doing work during personal time.

MobileIron identified one subset of people who have the strongest feelings of mobile guilt and who mix work and personal time more than others. They dubbed this group “Generation M,” and they’re “professionals who are highly dependent on mobile for both work and personal tasks,” according to —> Read More