Office tech tops list of workplace grievances in CanadaSurvey finds that Canadians are more stressed and less productive due to outdated office technology


Markham, ON (May 7, 2012) - Forget the annoying boss! When it comes to workplace dissatisfaction, 40 per cent of Canadians cite malfunctioning technology as their number one office complaint according to a recent survey commissioned by Toshiba of Canada. The survey of 1,000 Canadians reveals that while most respondents deal with workplace stress through conventional means, such as grabbing a coffee or taking a walk, 11 per cent of men use technology failure as an opportunity to flirt with colleagues.

“It is not surprising that 62 per cent of Canadians find work stressful. What is surprising is the number of respondents who attribute their stress to workplace technology, “said Melissa Moore, Social Media and Communications Manager at Toshiba of Canada. “Technology should make your life easier.”

Ticked Off by Tech
The laptop that freezes, the projector that breaks down right before a client meeting, the printer that refuses to print; office technology can have a mind of its own and significantly derail productivity.

  • 52 per cent believe that dealing with malfunctioning office technology takes away from other work responsibilities
  • 25 per cent have missed a deadline due to a technology failure
  • 57 per cent believe that their boss would accept a technology failure as a legitimate excuse for a missed deadline

What does your tablet say about you?
According to the results of the Toshiba of Canada survey, tablet users are the least likely to “cut the cord” after work hours and are the most likely to be stressed and engage in an office romance.

  • 86 per cent of tablet users experience workplace stress (compared to 68 per cent of laptop users and 57 per cent of desktop users)
  • Tablet users are three times as more likely to yell at their colleagues when stressed at work
  • 27 per cent of tablet users have had an office romance, compared to the national average (15 per cent)

Cuddling with Colleagues
While stress, due to malfunctioning technology, is common in the workplace, everyone deals with it differently.

  • 31 per cent of respondents say flirting improves their workplace stress
  • 11 per cent of men have actually used an office technology failure, such as a broken printer, as an excuse to flirt with a colleague
  • Fourteen per cent of Canadians have had a romantic encounter in the office

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Toshiba of Canada
Toshiba of Canada Limited is a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, one of the world's largest integrated manufacturers of electronic products and semiconductors. Headquartered in Markham, Ontario, Toshiba of Canada is a digital technology leader offering a full suite of innovative business solutions including laptop computers and tablets, colour copiers and document solutions, LED televisions and projectors, communication systems and retail technology. Throughout its history, Toshiba’s commitment to technological and environmental innovations has distinguished the corporation from its competitors. For more information, visit Toshiba on Facebook or Twitter.

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