Bringing work home a status symbol: Study

But fee-for-service environment not a good or fair way to judge employee value
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/29/2008

Professionals whose work is measured by billable hours, such as lawyers, IT workers and consultants, are more likely to find their work time bleeding into their personal time. And the technology that was supposed to help workers get more done faster is actually contributing to the problem, said Sam Ladner, sociologist and lecturer at McMaster University in Hamilton.

“Mobile technology greatly increases the permeability of the division between home and work,” she said. “Paid work is inserted into private life in slivers of stolen BlackBerry moments and covert mobile phone calls to the office.”

To better understand the interplay of work and private life, Ladner interviewed 20 IT workers at interactive agencies (which create online and mobile advertising campaigns for clients). She also surveyed 59 agency workers about their availability outside the office to build a study that will be published this fall in the