by Natassja Wynhorst
The world has shrunk as technology booms, making overseas interactions and data sharing pure ease.
However, as technology and intranets boom, the more we become dependent on it, and that can have serious side effects, especially in our professional environment.
The expansion of technology is the unfortunate reason why the ideology of a work-life balance has dramatically decreased. Instead of our past desired balance, technology has created a work-life fluidity and an always-on culture. This can work great in the short-term but will quickly bring employees to the point of diminishing returns.
Psychologist are calling this never-ending stream of technology a “cognitive scarcity”. This is the feeling of decreased attention, cognition and self-control, making it more and more difficult to process information; ultimately negatively affecting employee attentiveness, decisions and schedule management.
Stress and frustration are significant results of this and can compromise the efficiency and productivity of the workplace.
It’s great to implement the latest technologies in the workplace in attempt to be more efficient in service delivery, however workplaces must also consider the need to develop a workplace which, if not necessary, should be separated from the employees home lives.
A work-life balance is essential in maintaining positive mental health and for the success of the organisation.
If you would like to more about the negative effects of tech-based organisations, feel free to contact Wurkspace 7 today.