Creating workplaces where we all watch out for each other

Creating workplaces where we all watch out for each other


Use mindfulness to cope with digital stressors at work, researchers say

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Nottingham, England — Staying “in the present” amid the digital workplace’s persistent demands can help keep negative feelings at bay, according to a recent University of Nottingham study.

Researchers surveyed 142 workers about various negative experiences in the digital workplace, including feelings of stress, overload and anxiety. About 10% of respondents were interviewed to provide further details.

Findings show that the workers who opted for “paying attention in the present moment intentionally and nonjudgmentally” when faced with the pressures of managing email, mobile devices and instant messaging were “better protected” against emotional distress.

By contrast, workers on autopilot – or “unaware of one’s actions and external events” – could have consistent “undesirable thoughts and behaviors,” the researchers write.

“The research shows that organizations need to consider how to manage digital workplace hazards alongside other psychosocial and physical risks in the workplace,” Elvira Perez Vallejos, a professor of digital technology for mental health at the university, said in a press release. “Helping employees foster mindful awareness when working digitally could really help overall well-being.”

The study was published online in the journal PLOS One.

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Original article published by Safety+Health an NSC publication