Could not agree with this more. Always on culture is a nightmare. You can never relax.I actually feel far more relaxed just going outside for a walk or a bit of exercise. I hate phones and always have, but I have to have one in case someone needs to discuss something or inform me of something. I long for the days when I could just walk to work rather than sit in traffic etc because I need to go somewhere.
I'd love to go back to that less technological, slower pace of life. But it's not an option.
In my job there is no question you should be available 24/7/365 to respond to calls, emails and teams. All of which are installed on my personal mobile as that's a requirement of the job. You're required to have a smartphone to install apps used by the company and you don't even get the cost of calls etc covered.
Checked with my Dad today and in nearly 50 years of working at Courtaulds he was contacted outside work once. And that was when there was a fire in a basement where there was a storeroom he had the only key to and they wanted to check if there was any chemicals that were likely to explode. I'd say that's a pretty reasonable call to receive.
Same with commuting, its become an expected thing. Sometimes I get calls from recruitment agents and they're amazed I want to work in the city I live in and won't happily commute to Leicester or Wolverhampton. Its bad enough as it is, leave the house at 7am and get back at 7pm if I'm lucky. Need shorter days not longer ones!