Supporting your employees with their digital wellbeing is crucial for the mental health and productivity of your teams. In today’s world it’s so easy to be connected 24/7 without any real downtime. It’s common to experience feelings of stress and anxiety as a result of an overflowing inbox and the pressure to always respond quickly and efficiently.
Work/life balance is a phrase used a lot and we’ve all come to recognise that balance means different things to different people. But what about tech/life balance? Again, it’s different for everyone but if your employees are feeling stressed and are struggling to switch off and disconnect from work then it’s time to invest in support systems and initiatives to increase digital wellbeing.
so, what is digital wellbeing?
UNESCO defines digital wellbeing…
“The enhancement and improvement of human well-being, in the intermediate and long
term, through the use of digital media.”
JISC defines digital wellbeing…
“The capacity to look after personal health, safety, relationships and work-life balance in
why is it important for your teams to be aware of their digital wellbeing?
Digital wellbeing in the workplace is helping employees build a more mindful and healthy relationship with technology by looking at dependency on technology and helping to develop new habits and improve quality of life.
Due to the pandemic a shift in the work environment has pushed everyone into remote and hybrid work meaning employees are using technology and devices more than ever. The length of the working day appears to have increased too!
More and more research shows that technology has a significant impact on the mental health of employees. Relying on digital tools to collaborate means that employees are more dependent on technology and online throughout the day. After work, employees can then be heading to WhatsApp, Social Media or Netflix with no real break from screens.
Excessive use of technology and screen has impacting the quantity and quality of sleep and even appearing to have an impact on the likelihood of obesity. Employees can feel anxious when they receive a number of notifications and many have admitted it has impacted on their mental health and work productivity.
Research study has shown that many employees that do not limit their technology usage end up developing internet addiction - constantly checking on their phone and computers on the fear of missing out.
the purpose of digital awareness initiatives in the workplace
- Help your employees understand the negative impact that technology can have
Support individuals to create healthy boundaries inside and outside of work
Give an understanding of the risks of digital addiction in relation to health and wellbeing in workplaces.
Empower employees to disconnect from screens every one in a while
Help employees improve their working environment, especially when balancing working in the office and at home.
Give employees the tools and training to work productively.
how we can improve digital wellbeing in workplace?
We believe technology should be used in a way that supports our wellbeing and ultimately our lives. Instead of undermining mental health and productivity and distracting us from what’s important.
get started with our digital wellbeing initiative - the techtimeout10 challenge!
All your employees need to do is take some time out from technology every day for 10 days. It doesn’t have to be for long - but taking regular short breaks can work wonders for clarity of thought, creativity and support mental wellbeing.
but don’t just take our word for it...
‘‘This is an incredibly important and needed service. Businesses need to prepare now for the adverse impact of the digital overload their employees have been and will continue to experience. The guidance that tectimeout provides makes it easy for businesses to put the right support in place for employees’’.
Lisa Williams Bsc (hons) and DClinPsy
Lead Clinical Psychologist, The Mental Health Foundation
You can find out more about the challenge and sign up on this page.
MILLER, B., 2019. How to Influence Digital Wellbeing for Employees. Brentwood: Newstex.