We are living in territory that was unfamiliar and uncharted only a decade ago. The age of technology is one that has given us an extended lifeline into our workplace at all times – one that can be both a blessing and a curse. In this blog post we determine when it is time to unplug and why we should all take some time to set aside the tools of technology. In the business world, we often hear the terms work, life and balance used in tandem together, and while it is ideal to have a healthy balance, the various tools that technology has to offer are constantly at our fingertips, fooling us into believing that our time away from the workplace is personal. In reality, it is a simple extension of the control we have while in the office. Whether it be a text, email, quick voice mail or analyzing a short document on your phone, the tools our tablets and smartphones are equipped with provide a sense of instant gratification from nearly anywhere in the world. With our emails constantly overflowing and the workplace being in perpetual motion, it seems as though the work will never stop. Here are three reasons to consider powering down your various tools of technology when away from the office. 1. Stress: It is no secret that the job market today is competitive and the stress of a career driven life can take its toll. Keep in mind that being available at all hours of the night can increase stress and lead to less effective work in the long run. Even the most convenient tools can lead to an increase in stress, so unplug and power down. 2. Health: Stress is a common factor in determining health problems, especially among working professionals. By allowing your work to invade your personal time, you are in turn allowing your job to possibly deteriorate your health. A healthy employee is a happy employee, and a happy employee is a productive employee. 3. Relationships: Whether it is your significant other, your children or your friends and family, bringing your work home can undoubtedly put stress on your relationships. Set boundaries for yourself – start small if necessary. Begin by banning cell phones from the dinner table and escalate to an email/work free time period each night. Be sure to encourage activity of the non-work or technological kind in order to nurture your current relationships outside of work. We realize that as an employee, disconnecting from work can be a challenge, but setting these boundaries and unplugging will benefit your health and happiness and more than likely improve your productivity and effectiveness in the workplace, thus benefiting your employer and coworkers.
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