6 Ways our Work and Personal Life Have Merged

We’re in a new world of work, where personal and professional lives are merged and we can work from anywhere – as long as we’ve got secure digital access. Win the race to protect your digital life from cyber-attacks - with the zero-compromise HP Elitebook x360 with Windows 10 Pro.

Fast mobile broadband, cloud-based platforms with 24/7 access and an email inbox where your bills and movie tickets jostle up against your boss’s budget papers and company-wide announcements: welcome to today’s messy, merged and impossibly entangled digital life.

The younger you are, the more you’ll blur those work/life boundaries, according to a study by two organisational psychologists in 2014, who found Work-Life balance is being replaced by Work-Life fusion, as technology combines with millennial’s behavioural norms.

If you want to be hyper-vigilant, you’ll manage to keep your work and personal emails separate. Maybe you’ll even have a separate mobile phone for work.

But when every work-related internet search delivers a tempting array of not-quite on-topic links to ads for your fave fashion outlet or your dream apartment - and even your LinkedIn network includes that kid from your primary-school basketball team – increasingly, keeping your work and personal lives separate is a losing battle. And though it’s super-convenient, doubling your access also doubles your risk; you’re twice as vulnerable to hackers, viruses and dodgy links.

Here’s six ways our work and personal lives are inevitably entwined:

Laptop Access

You use your personal Netflix to catch up on Homeland on your work laptop while you’re on the bus to work; you log into your work email from your home computer pretty much every night; your work laptop has high-end design software so you create your girlfriend an awesome birthday card; you duck out of a family event to Skype your colleague in LA from your brother’s HP. Files from your work Dropbox are on your home PC and vice versa. Lines are not so much blurred as non-existent.

Work WiFi, Home WiFi

When your devices – work and personal –connect as seamlessly to your work wifi as to your home wifi, sometimes it’s hard to remember exactly where you were when you downloaded that report. Or which laptop it’s sitting on. The same thing happens when you visit a client with your laptop - it logs onto their wifi so easily, you can immediately check your email or forward resources from your company’s server without a hitch.

Social Networks

You’re on a cross-vendor project team that has a Facebook group to keep in touch; your LinkedIn is filled with work and personal contacts and hopping onto Twitter while you’re at a one-day conference means negotiating a stream of tweets from stars of the Fringe comedy festival you went to last year.

Text Me

You check the weather, the time and your step-count on your mobile at work. You text your customer from your home mobile to confirm tomorrow’s meeting, your sister Snapchats you from London while you’re in a meeting and you send her a quick smiley-face.

My Fleet Vehicle Plays My Spotify

If you’ve drawn the short straw on a long drive to visit the company’s most annoying customer – you’ll want your own sweet tunes to smooth the way. But hook up your phone to the stereo on the fleet vehicle to take calls, play music and hit the GPS and you’ll be sharing more than songs – most cars will store your phone number, your call logs and your location history. Don’t forget to wipe.

PayPass On Your Smartphone FTW

Pick up the coffees for the big client presentation, or duck out to the electronics supply shop for an RJ45 cable so you don’t have to wait a week; does anyone carry cash these days?

The IT security at your workplace may be at an all-time high – but mix it up with your personal digital habits and things may get a whole lot murkier. Check out the 2018 HP Australia Security Study which found that 63 percent of Australian SMEs allowed employees to access company data from personal devices – and keep an eye out for more safe surfing strategies.

Join our journey and find out how we can make new ways to work less risky, more satisfying – and more secure. HP Elitebook x360 sets a new benchmark for today’s new world of work.

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