Technology is a wonderful thing, but it can also be a limiting factor. Many people have experienced the lure of an ever-present cell phone—just waiting to be checked. Smartphones make it convenient to send text messages, peruse social media, check email and surf the internet. But with this convenience comes a vice-like grip to keep up with the world around you for fear of missing out on the Next Big Thing.
Four reasons to unplug
Powering down has its merits, and among them is improved productivity for your employees. For this reason, it’s a good idea to encourage your workers to unplug for blocks of time during their shifts. Here’s why:
- Promote creation over consumption. Constant visits to social media and the internet make us mindless consumers, voraciously skimming through endless information. Aside from being distracting, it can also detract from the power of creativity. By encouraging your workers to unplug, you’re also giving their brains a break from the overstimulation of screen time. This can help make room for creative thinking.
- Avoid wasted time. There’s a time and a place to be online at work, mostly when your employees need to do something online related to their job. Beyond that, screen time is detracting from employees completing their daily tasks—pure and simple. Unplugging allows your staff to focus on their work responsibilities.
- Refresh and recharge. Email, text messages, web surfing, social media… it can be just as draining as work! That’s why during breaks, it can help your workers to take a break, unplug and rejuvenate. This could include taking a walk outside, hitting the gym, leaving for lunch or chatting with co-workers. Then, they can return to the job—relaxed and ready to go!
- Improve confidence and self esteem. It’s a real thing – comparing oneself to others on social media and feeling you don’t stack up. To avoid this, it’s best to take a break from sites like Facebook and Twitter. It helps with self esteem, and a positive outlook adds to productivity.
Build “power-down” time into your policies and procedures
If your company rule book doesn’t currently include guidelines about technology, it should! We live in a tech-savvy age, and too much tech time can detract from work time. Unplugging is good for your employees, and your business.
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