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Workers turn to flirting as technology malfunctions in the office

By Julie King |

It's no surprise that when technology breaks employees feel stressed. A recent survey by Toshiba Canada found that 40 per cent of Canadians cited malfunctioning technology as their top office complaint.

And as the device size shrinks, stress seems to rise.

Tablet users were much more likely to report being stressed at work (86 per cent) compared to laptop (68 per cent) and desktop (57 per cent) users. They were also three times as likely to yell at their colleagues when stressed at work.

"It is not surprising that 62 per cent of Canadians find work stressful.  What is surprising is the number of respondents who attribute their stress to workplace technology," said Melissa Moore, Social Media and Communications Manager at Toshiba of Canada. "Technology should make your life easier."

The "Cupid Connection"

Much less expected were findings that almost a third of coworkers use flirting to reduce office stress and 11 per cent of men have used broken technology as an excuse to flirt with a colleague.

If you are a tablet user, your chance of having an office romance rises dramatically.

Twenty seven per cent of tablet users reported that they had engaged in an office romance, which was almost twice as high as the national average of 15 per cent.

Yet there may be more than just the device type behind this pattern. The majority of tablet users are between the ages of 18 to 24, with the remainder divided pretty evenly amongst other age groups.

Technology breakdowns impact productivity, deadlines

When technology fails, work is negatively impacted.

Just over half of respondents (52 per cent) said that technology breakdowns take away from their other work responsibilities.

A quarter of employees have missed a deadline because of a technology malfunction and 57 per cent believe that their boss would accept a breakdown as a valid excuse for the missed deadline.

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