Does 24/7 Connectivity Equal Increased Productivity?

             Does 24/7 Connectivity Equal Increased Productivity?

Randstad survey shows the majority of women disagree

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, Feb. 19, 2013

ATLANTA, Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With technology increasingly blurring
the lines between work and home and women assuming more prominent roles at
work, a survey released today by Randstad US reveals that constant
connectivity does not mean increased productivity for women workers.

Randstad's latest Engagement Index study reveals that while 42 percent of
women believe it is increasingly difficult to disconnect from work while at
home, the majority (68 percent) do not believe that the blurring of lines
between work and home has increased their productivity.

"As enhanced technologies and increased access to information continues to
blur the lines between our professional and personal lives, many workers
mistake being busy for being productive," said Linda Galipeau, Randstad CEO of
North America. "These are two very different concepts that when looked at from
an organizational standpoint—could have serious implications for a company's
bottom line. We are only productive if we're producing the results that are
most impactful to our goals. Being that we live in a multi-tasking world, it
is important to work smarter and hone in on those high-impact efforts that
will create more meaningful results. This is incredibly important, especially
as women and men can now perform their jobs from almost anywhere."

Other notable findings:

Flexible Working Arrangements and Policies Among Prime Benefits For Women

  oForty-nine percent of women say their company is flexible and
    accommodating in terms of hours or working arrangements. Additionally, 33
    percent of female respondents feel this is one of the most effective ways
    to engage them.

Women Cite the Top Asset in Growing Their Careers

  oIn terms of the skills important to growing their careers, half of women
    surveyed (50 percent) chose flexibility/adaptability, followed by
    encompassing computer and technology skills (43 percent).

On-the-Job Relationships Impact Career Happiness

  oWomen value their relationships with colleagues and supervisors.
    Relationships with their colleagues (87 percent) and direct supervisors
    (85 percent) have a big impact on their happiness with their jobs.

Randstad recently launched its Women Powering Business section on its
Workforce360 thought leadership site. This section includes the latest
research and trends shaping the way women work. For more information, as well
as other research insights, advice and career resources, visit

The Randstad Engagement Index is comprised of findings from quarterly waves of
research targeting employees and annual surveys of employers. The sixth wave
of findings was conducted November 1-13, 2012 from a national sample of 3,417
aged 18 and older who are currently employed full time from Ipsos' U.S. online
panel were interviewed online.

Weighting was used to balance demographics and ensure samples reflect the U.S.
population of working adults.

Employees and employers were surveyed to compare notable differences in
perceptions and attitudes. Multiple waves of research allow for trending and
to track changes in perceptions and attitudes over time. Research into
employee attitudes and perceptions will be conducted quarterly. Research into
employer attitudes and perceptions will be conducted on an annual basis.

About Ipsos Public Affairs
Ipsos Public Affairs is a non-partisan, objective, survey-based research
practice which conducts strategic research initiatives for a diverse number of
American and international organizations, based on public opinion research.
They are the international polling agency of record for Thomson Reuters, the
world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and
professionals. To learn more, visit:

About Randstad US
Randstad is a $22.5 billion global provider of HR services and the second
largest staffing organization in the world. From temporary staffing to
permanent placement to inhouse, professionals, search & selection, and HR
Solutions, Randstad holds top positions around the world and has approximately
28,700 corporate employees working from its nearly 4,700 branches and inhouse
locations in 40 countries. Founded in 1960 and headquartered in Diemen, the
Netherlands, Randstad Holding nv is listed on the NYSE Euronext Amsterdam.
Learn more at

SOURCE Randstad

Contact: Stacy Wilbur, The Castle Group, +1-617-337-9501,; or Lesly Cardec, Randstad US, +800-422-3819,
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