ORIENTATION : Technology has become part of society’s everyday functioning, changing rapidly
and providing widespread mobility. Employees are moving towards a continually connected
lifestyle, a situation in which information and communication technology (ICT) seem to have
RESEARCH PURPOSE : The overall objective of this research was to investigate the influence of ICT
on employees’ work and personal lives.
MOTIVATION FOR THE STUDY : The impact of ICT on the work and personal lives of employees has
never been researched before, which motivated the current study.
RESEARCH APPROACH, DESIGN AND METHOD : A qualitative research design, with a sample of 25
employees, was followed. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to collect data, and the
interviews were recorded, transcribed, and processed through thematic analyses.
MAIN FINDINGS : Five themes with sub-themes were extracted: The positive and negative
experiences of ICT both within the work and personal lives of employees, the increased
expectations brought about by ICT usage, and the role of ICT on relationships. Findings
highlighted that although ICT are generally perceived as positive, employees should make a
conscious decision in managing their ICT to decrease the negative impact thereof on their
work and personal lives.
PRACTICAL/MANAGERIAL IMPLICATIONS : Overall, the general positive experiences of ICT outweigh
the negative experiences, and findings almost suggest that as the quantity of communication
increased, the quality of conversations decreased.
CONTRIBUTION/VALUE ADD : This study provides a holistic understanding of the impact of ICT on
the work and personal lives of employees.