With many remote workers now navigating through all the different forms of technology there is throughout the day, how are you coping with keeping up with the abundance? Whether you’re answering emails, joining video calls or streaming events online - many are feeling the pressure to be accessible 24/7, leading to “techno-stress.”
Remote working is the new ‘norm’ in the UK, it has now grown 140% since 2005. There have been many new articles where people are explaining how they are feeling stressed due to all the technology there is to work with (leading to the new name of “techno-stress” - a specific kind of stress relating to the various technologies we engage with, or feel compelled to engage with more than we’d like.)
Although you may receive the dreaded 5pm phone buzz with an email notification to set up a Zoom meeting for the following day, or a Calendly invitation for a phone call for the following week - it is important to set a boundary between work and play so you get the technology break your brain requires whilst still ensuring your productivity is high throughout your working day.
The University of Melbourne’s Reeva Lederman offers the following suggestions for workplaces and individuals to combat this new stress:
Why not use the tips above and start thinking upon taking non-technology breaks - when you go to the bathroom, do you scroll on your phone? When you make a hot drink, do you take your phone over to read the latest news? Think about making little changes in your schedule, instead of binge watching your usual Netflix show all night, why not just watch one episode then follow that by reading a book before bed? Why not go for a walk in the park after work to get fresh air, and leave your phone at home so you’re not tempted to scroll on it?
Once you find the boundary of when to shut off from your remote working and the use of technology, you will find yourself becoming less “techno-stressed” and more “techno-blessed.”
Ok, so I may have made up the term “techno-blessed”, but technology is something we should all be so thankful for - where would we be if no one could work from home? Would we all be made redundant as no one could complete their job during this pandemic? Technology has started to change many of our everyday working lives (including mine!), as well as the events and hospitality industry. Whilst using technology to host a virtual event requires the same care and attention as an in-person event, it allows companies to still engage with their customers and for people to still attend events and engage with others during this global pandemic.
Odds are you would have previously attended a webinar online or watched a streamed workout class, so why not attend a conference online? Or hold your team building exercises online? You can still get the same level of commitment and engagement from attendees, but at the comfort of their own home, and at a budget that works for you.
Here at EventMind we tell event planners what they need to know about choosing and using event technology. It’s that simple. If you have made the conscious effort to become more “techno-blessed” opposed to “techno-stressed” and want to find out more about how to make the pivot to virtual events - then please feel free to contact any of the team, we would love to speak to you. Virtual events are our speciality - we have over 40 years of experience and we are all certainly “techno-blessed”!
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EventMind does not endorse any particular virtual event platform or software. We review the platforms available on the market monthly (through a combination of client feedback, test events and demos). There’s no platform which is an ‘all in one’ or ‘all inclusive’ solution when it comes to virtual event platforms. Bear in mind, most virtual event platforms were originally live event apps or software. Covid19 accelerated many platforms to pivot into creating virtual event solutions. In the long run, this seems to be a smart move as hybrid events are likely to become standard (especially if you understand how to monetize hybrid events and maximise global audience reach).