Don't Call Me at Home

July 2, 2009 ( - Almost half of UK workers surveyed indicated that having a company mobile phone is a negative experience.

Of the 1,072 people surveyed in June by Opinion Matters, on behalf of Cable & Wireless, 47% said a company mobile infringed on their personal time and 46% reported it took away their freedom from work, according to an ITPro news report. The numbers rose to over 50% when just answers from respondents over age 45 were considered.

The news report said 84% of respondents under age 35 said they were happy to take a work-related call out of office hours; however, only 40% of those over age 55 said the same. The figure dropped even further for employees in the public sector, with only 35% happy to take a work call.

“Acknowledgement of the demographic change is much higher in younger people than older. They are used to the mobile elements at home so are more ready to embrace them in the workplace,” said Phil Grannum, managing director of Enterprise for Cable & Wireless, according to the news report.