30th November 2021
the antidote to black friday and cyber monday for your business
On Tuesday 30th November, we’re challenging workplaces and individuals to #techtimeouttuesday. Whether it’s 10 minutes, 1 hour or a whole day, all you need to do is spend some time off technology and contribute to our grand total of screen-free minutes pledged.
Hundreds of businesses took part last year, from law firms and PR agencies to charities and construction companies. It's free to take part and as a business you will receive a pack of useful resources to help get your teams involved.
Individuals and groups can take part too. Simply pledge your time and join in.
Together, we're a leading force that helps people of all generations improve their relationships with technology.
To log off, look up, and reconnect. There are many ways that technology could be impacting you and your employees.
Taking regular breaks from your screens can help to manage feelings of anxiety and depression.
A healthy relationship with technology can help you avoid digital distraction and work more productively.
in the workplace
Healthy boundaries are essential for managing multiple avenues of communication, endless notifications and an overflowing email inbox.
Has your work/life balance become blurred? Healthy habits and boundaries can benefit your life at work and at home.
how to get involved...
before the day...
Decide how much time you're going to spend away from technology - it could be 10 minutes, 1 hour or even the whole day and let us know by completing your pledge.
Sign up as a business and receive all of the resources you need to make the day a success. There's also the option to add-on our popular 10 day techtimeout10 challenge for businesses ready for a digital wellbeing initiative to support employee wellbeing.
Share your pledge far and wide to encourage your colleagues, friends and family to do the same.
on the day...
Take your techtimeout at any point during the day. Upload the image (our logo on the green blob) to your social media feeds to let everyone know you're taking a break from your screens.
By promoting your participation, you will be encouraging others to join the conversation and access the tips, support and resources they need to support their wellbeing and productivity.
... after the day
Keep an eye on the take a minute section of our website for tips and resources.
Join our community, encourage your workplace to take on the techtimeout10 challenge or simply share our message with more people to continue supporting us in our mission. We're enabling people all over the world to have healthy relationships with their screens.
who are techtimeout?
We're concerned that there's an unhealthy addiction to technology in society. At techtimeout, we've made it our mission to help individuals and workplaces have healthier relationships with technology.
We need technology to work and live which means we need good habits and boundaries that help us use it sustainably. We don't hate technology but we believe that you can have too much of a good thing. 24/7 connection, digital distractions and mindless overuse is leaving us feeling burnt out and unproductive.
We're here with the tools and resources to change this but we need your help to raise awareness and make positive change.
This is why we're asking you to share our message using #techtimeouttuesday and pledge some time away from technology on Tuesday 30th November, 2021.
what are people saying
We truly believe in the benefits of techtimeout, but don’t just take our word for it.
"We’re in the PR & communications business. In today’s digital world that means we inevitably spend a lot of time on tech. The health and well-being of our team is paramount. They know they can take a break, go for a walk, take time out any time of the day but we know all companies aren’t like us. That’s why techtimeout is such a fantastic initiative – by encouraging leaders to engage with staff on the issue of mental health and wellness it has put the issue on the national business agenda."
Be Bold Media
"It's very easy for the act of making time away from the screen to slip down the priority list, so the techtimeout campaign came at a great time in a year where the divide between work and home life has got increasingly blurry. It was great to intentionally get out for a walk at lunchtime and leave my phone at home, and I noticed how much more recharged I felt for the rest of the day. This is definitely something that I would like to keep up!"
Birmingham St Marys Hospice
"Working from home can be all tech consuming, with having no colleagues to chat to in the break out area I feel I have been taking my phone to my kitchen to tweet, or send a quick message.
techtimeout enabled me to be more disciplined and encouraged me to step away from everything tech-related. I felt more refreshed for having a break. A really good self-care tool I will be applying to my working day! "
Wellbeing Manager, Paycare
"In a world where a phone, tablet, computer, games consoles and all the other screens we see daily are prolific, it’s important to step back and appreciate that they're only machines. The initiative by techtimeout was an important idea to me to ensure I help my daughter grow up with a healthy relationship with technology, not just being glued to the thing like I find myself far too often."
"The majority of our employees are being forced to work remotely due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and are more reliant than ever on using technology to stay in touch. Their wellbeing is of great concern to us. We encouraged our staff to take 10 minutes away from their laptops, to go for a lunchtime walk, or a walk before or after work as part of techtimeout tuesday."
Cllr. Graham Breeze
Powys County Council
"The techtimeout10 challenge made a huge difference to the team. We all made the effort to turn off and go outside or do something we loved, and we shared what we were doing with each other - everyone had smiles on their faces and it was great for me as a manager to know that my staff were taking some time out for themselves and stepping away from their screens"
Managing Director, J&PR