Gone are the days of Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. With the massive shift to remote work, there’s a lot to manage So, what is digital wellness anyway? And why should it be a priority?
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June 18, 2020
According to Quartz, “digital wellness is defined as tech’s ideal state in which it works in harmony with users’ physical and mental health.” It’s a key ingredient for a positive employee experience. However, contrary to aspiration, Quartz research highlights that employees see digital wellness as something far from reality.
With the haste to roll out additional technology to support remote work, and an expectation for employees to rapidly adopt that technology, there can be complaints and consequences as it relates to tech adoption. Quartz research points to three key consequences:
Each of these consequences of tech adoption can weigh on the emotional wellbeing of teams. So much so that 67% of Quartz research respondents believe being “always on” has a significant negative impact on their health and wellbeing. Over time, this leads to what Gallup notes: about two-thirds of workers experience burnout.
The good news is, with the right leadership and technology, these consequences can be avoided or overcome.
In order to make sense of this digital wellness tension, employers must understand how technology can service people and their work, without burning them out. This requires leadership to establish policies to promote work/life balance and carefully select technology that will add value to the employee and simplify workflows.
Quartz research calls attention to three key attributes that can guide tech decisions toward digital wellness:
In summary, workplace tech needs to simplify work so that it can be done more efficiently, with less friction.