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Digital detox - time to go offline!

Business leaders must take the impact of today’s constantly connected world on the mental health of their employees seriously.

There is no question that technology can give companies a competitive advantage and 24/7 connectivity offers valuable opportunities for flexible working. But with it, a culture has developed where employees increasingly feel bombarded by multiple streams of digital information and feel pressure to be available around the clock. The boundaries between work and personal lives have become blurred like never before and evidence is growing about the negative impact on stress levels, sleep and personal relationships. 

Many business decision makers introduce new technologies into the workplace without considering the impact on their employees properly.  According to Shine Offline research, digital technology causes stress and overwhelm for 86% of employees. A Microsoft study released last year concluded that in order for technologies to be effective they must sit within a strong digital culture with clear guidelines about the way in which digital tools should be used and expectations around employee contactability. Leaders and managers have a crucial role to play in creating a healthy digital culture by modelling positive tech behaviours inside working hours and out, and ensuring staff feel able to focus in their roles, take proper holidays and take sufficient quality downtime to rest and recover.

Anna Kotwinski, Co-founder Shine Offline

About Shine Offline

Shine Offline support workplaces and their people to have healthy and sustainable relationships with their smartphones and other digital devices in today’s 24/7 connected world. Offering strategic consultancy services and in-room and virtual training programmes, they provide tailored support for businesses of all shapes and sizes.

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