'Technostress' | How one of the pandemic's biggest work issues may be affecting you
Even before the pandemic came along and drastically changed working life, we had an issue with the balance between working hours and personal hours. Whilst a significant portion of the workforce have embraced the fact that presenteeism causes more issues than it solves, many still subscribe to the notion that, if the boss is in the building, you should be too.
Of course, this is a pretty big line to cross. Physically staying at a desk in the workplace until 9pm on a Wednesday has a drastic impact on your home life – however, since the pandemic took hold and forced
most office workers into remote working, the imbalance of work and life can be far more subtle, and just as dangerous.
This is because we live surrounded by connectivity. Professionals largely work on computers or tablets, with work chats, emails, conference calls and direct messages always looming, just one click away.
Even if you work in a home office and make a point of stepping away from the desk at the end of the day, your emails and chats are likely still pinging in your pocket, or whilst you browse your phone and the
natural reaction for many is to simply answer them on the spot.
But, logically, how different is this from presenteeism?
Well, it’s enough of an issue to warrant its own specific name – ‘technostress’. Whilst the term isn’t new, in fact it has roots back to 1984 when computers were only just becoming a standardised method of working
across the world, the term has seen greater use and gained new meaning in light of the pandemic and all that has come with it.
And people are finding that this newly-realised technostress is having a serious impact on their lives. Vanessa Ferguson, Senior VP of People and Experience at software company LiveTiles, recently told the Sydney Herald that working at a technology-based company means that technostress is an ever-present threat.
Source: Executive Grapevine