The survey has revealed that slow internet, computers crashing and the printer running out of ink or paper sees workers feeling harassed for an average of 56 minutes each day. By far the most troublesome pieces of office equipment are computers, followed by printers and phones. More than 40% of the 3,000 adults polled said that their working life and having to deal with technology was way more stressful than their love lives, domestic disputes and financial troubles.
John Sollars, MD of StinkyInk.com, who commissioned the research, said: “Work can be stressful for many people and technology is certainly something that tends to tip people over the edge. It can be frustrating when your computer crashes, the printer packs up or your phone loses battery – especially if you’re in the middle of something crucial. We tend to take technology for granted when everything is working well, but as soon as it fails our stress levels rise purely we have become so reliant on technology in our working lives.”