Being “always on” means constantly staying connected with our devices, whether it be for work or virtual socialization. With millions of people working from home at the moment, this way of living has become the norm.
However, research has indicated that being “always on” can have a negative impact on stress levels.
“This suggests that organizations stand to benefit from exploring how to help individuals find the ‘sweet spot’ between using technology to increase engagement and flexibility, and not letting technology take over to a point where it causes negative effects,” according to a Myers-Briggs Company study by co-author John Hackston, head of thought leadership at the company.
The study finds the impact depends on the personality of a person. Those who are more attached to their gadgets felt more stressed in both their professional and person lives.
However, people who were able to set aside time for themselves and their loved ones experienced less stress. That is why it is essential for remote workers in particular to switch off their cell phones or laptops at the end of the work day.
This is admittedly difficult when your home is also your office throughout the pandemic. That is why people are demanding having more of a say in where and when they work.
Now, many organizations have revealed their commitment to a hybrid workforce, where employees can choose to work from home part of the week or come into an office.