Technology is dramatically transforming our personal and professional lives at breakneck speed, and it’s not done yet!
But have we been too quick to adopt technology without due care and consideration as to what gets left by the wayside? What is the true price of always being “on”?
This week the Australian Financial Review said, “Australians are increasingly reaching for their work-issued smartphones when lounging on sun beds and vacuuming the house”, a sign that the lines of work hours and personal time are blurring.
A study by global recruitment firm Randstadt found that 51% of Australian workers are expected to be available out of work hours.
Technology has enabled a great many efficiencies and careers the world over, but we need to be mindful of its ability to creep into all the crevices of life and the negative effect it can have on our physical and mental wellbeing.
Reid Johnson, Director at Telstra in their Executive team and Equilibrium Man has moved from working full-time to a compressed working week leaving Fridays for himself.
Reid has put boundaries in place to ensure he could enjoy his Fridays without work interruptions. This includes empowering delegates to make decisions in his absence. Importantly, it also means turning off the phone on Fridays.
“I did find in the first few weeks that it was really hard to put the phone away. I didn’t realise my head was in the work zone even when I was at home so that’s been good for me to realise.”
His story is a common example of how “switched on” we as a society have become, voraciously consuming technology in what some view to be an unsustainable fashion.
How do you switch off?