Exploring the impact of information and communication technology on employees’ work and personal lives

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dc.contributor.author De Wet, Wihan
dc.contributor.author Koekemoer, Eileen
dc.contributor.author Nel, Jan Alewyn
dc.date.accessioned 2016-08-04T08:58:21Z
dc.date.available 2016-08-04T08:58:21Z
dc.date.issued 2016-06-14
dc.description.abstract 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 become omnipresent. 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. en_ZA
dc.description.department Human Resource Management en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2016 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.sajip.co.za/ en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation De Wet, W., Koekemoer, E., & Nel, J.A. (2016). Exploring the impact of information and communication technology on employees’ work and personal lives. SA Journal of Industrial Psychology/SA Tydskrif vir Bedryfsielkunde, 42(1), a1330. http://dx.DOI. org/ 10.4102/sajip.v42i1.1330. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0258-5200 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2071-0763 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/sajip.v42i1.1330
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/56187
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS OpenJournals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Technology en_ZA
dc.subject Information and communication technology (ICT) en_ZA
dc.subject Employees en_ZA
dc.subject Interviews en_ZA
dc.title Exploring the impact of information and communication technology on employees’ work and personal lives en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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