A study from Cambridge University shows UK workers are less stressed thanks to the early adoption of computers, says Paul Snell
If you are stressed returning to work this morning after a glorious weekend, you can no longer blame your computer.
According to a study
by Cambridge University academic Brendan Burchell
, the British are less stressed than their EU counterparts because companies in the UK were quicker to adopt the use of PCs in the workplace.
Dr Burchell believes work-related stress is not related to the drive for profit, but instead the adoption of technology. While using the early computers was a tricky business, it allowed UK workers to gain an advantage on European staff. A third of UK staff used a computer at work by the year 2000, compared with less than a quarter in Europe.
This bodes well for those among you who struggled with early adoption of e-procurement tools that promised to revolutionise the purchasing process, but in reality just seemed to add complication and confusion. It was clearly good training for you in the long-term.
Just try to remember that the umpteenth time your email crashes or your purchase order disappears off into the ether leaving no trace.