Emma Donaldson-Feilder, an occupational psychologist and director of Affinity Health at Work, suggests five good ways to ensure that both leaders and their employees can avoid the downsides of the digital world.

  1. Be conscious of how you use digital media and technology. Reflect on how to benefit from the advantages and avoid the disadvantages. Make a list of these.
  1. Think about how your use of technology impacts on those you lead. Communicate clear expectations and beware of what you are role-modelling. For example, avoid sending messages out of working hours. This will give people the idea that they also need to respond out of hours.
  1. Put away all technology when you enter a meeting or have a conversation with someone. Instead, be ‘fully present’.
  1. Turn off push notifications, so you have control over when you check messages, rather than feeling compelled to look at them every time you see a notification.
  1. Create device-free time in your week so you can totally recover.

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This article is from the latest ‘Well Working’ edition of the Odgers Berndtson magazine, OBSERVE.

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