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Workplace Tech-Stress?

Technology is impacting workplace stress in many ways, and not all that stress is bad. Most of the stress from technology comes from the fact that it is always on.
01 Sep 2014 06:38

Technology is impacting workplace stress in many ways, and not all that stress is bad. Most of the stress from technology comes from the fact that it is always on.

Prior to the advent of email, cell phones and the Internet, we could leave our jobs and go home where work did not follow us.

Now, we are fully connected to our work, 24 hours a day, if we allow it. Some stress, however, is useful, especially when it allows us to become more competitive.

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Types of Stress

A combination of occupational stress and technological advancements is significantly impacting the workplace.

Working parents are trying to juggle family and career and high unemployment has forced many families to rely on one income. Some students are dealing with technological fatigue even before they enter the workforce.

Positive Impacts of Technology

With the right technology, business grows. Technology can help move a company forward. In addition, incorporating technology on the job can help an organization run smoothly and efficiently.

To benefit the most from technology in the workplace, employees must understand the value of a product and become proficient.

Mandatory training is not only beneficial from a business standpoint, but it also increases your employees’ knowledge.

As the company grows and incorporates other types of technology, employees with a basic understanding of certain software or electronic devices might easily grasp other technological advances.

Negative Impacts of Technology

Technology training can also have a negative impact on employees. Some employees are reluctant to change.

In addition, some employees are technologically challenged, wherein it’s difficult for them to grasp new programs and other forms of technology.

For example, you might mandate the use of tablet computers as a way to keep up with your employees’ daily schedules.

Employees are then required to use these handheld devices to communicate with you and other staff members.

Even if you provide adequate training, some employees might prefer old-fashioned methods of communication, such as telephones, notes and a written day planner.

Improving technology in the workplace might force some employees to work outside their comfort zone, and this can create tension or resistance.

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Job Satisfaction

Increasing your sense of satisfaction on the job can be significant step in reducing work stress. Retooling your role at work by mentoring a new colleague or requesting new job responsibilities better suited to your talents can give you a greater sense of happiness at work. You can also view your job as more than just a job, but a way to support your passions or a hobby.

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Kelvin Davis is the director or Greymouse, a cloud 24/7 oursourcing provider, with offices in Fiji and the Philippines. Insider business news is now available at www.greymousefiji.com/fijisun . Just visit the site and sign up for your free news subscription.




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