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Painted Brain | Leverage Technology For Mental Health In The Workplace
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Technology and Mental Health in the Workplace

Leverage Technology For Mental Health In The Workplace


When digital technology is misused, it’s not only a waste of company funds, it can highlight problems in communication within your team. It helps to think of your team or organization as a living system, because in many ways it really is.

How Healthy and Robust is Your Digital Nervous System?

“Digital nervous system is a phrase, popularly associated with Bill Gates of Microsoft, used to describe a vision for how the IT infrastructure of an enterprise could be analogous to the autonomic nervous system of a biological organism.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_nervous_system

Steve Ballmer attempted to explain the digital nervous system by saying the following:

If you think of the human body, what does our nervous system let us do? It lets us hear, see, take input. It lets us think and analyze and plan. It lets us make decisions and communicate and take action. Every company essentially has a nervous system: companies take inputs, they think, they plan, they communicate, they take action. The question is how does the nervous system in your company operate? Is the IT infrastructure really adding value?

“Every enterprise, whether it’s large or small, will need to have its information in digital form and be able to take advantage of that to streamline decision processes to draw more people to make decisions, whether it’s people inside the company, or partners, or suppliers. That the digital approach is the best way to do that in the information age.”

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/microsofts-digital-nervous-system/

Technology Used Right Is A “Human Cooperation Amplifier”

Also note: If poor communication habits pervade the workplace culture, digital communication tools will only amplify rather than improve current problems managing employees and the flow of information that is crucial to any organization’s functioning.

Provide the Tools

Good management focuses on providing tools, support, and structure that project teams will run with. Provide the tools — and then take a step back.

For any company to hope to survive, much less thrive in 2019, it means getting your business affairs in order before opening up shop. It means checking the pipeline, checking the power, checking the plumbing, making sure all systems are a go, and it is clean before you open the doors to the public.

Fortunately, in 2019 there are many apps and software that provide good plumbing and insurance for a healthy digital circulatory system.

Let’s start with collaboration software:

Here are a few:

https://www.capterra.com/collaboration-software/

Have you ever considered introducing short breaks and meditation training right at the workplace? Some companies such as Lululemon begin their meetings with a 5-minute silent sitting.

You don’t have to go that far. There are plenty of meditation apps that can also help you cultivate that state of meditation right in your workspace. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be a sound vacuum to be able to meditate. You can meditate sitting anywhere.

For more info on how to meditate and establish a regular practice, go here.

For a list of recommended meditation apps, go here.

Numerous studies and findings suggest that 5 minute breaks every 30 minutes or a 10-minute break every hour increases productivity. Called the Pomodoro technique, here’s a basic rundown:

  1. Start a 25-minute timer
  2. Work until the timer rings
  3. Take a short, five-minute break
  4. Every four pomodoros (focus periods), take a longer break—usually 20-30 minutes

Zapier has a blog recommending the best Pomodoro apps:

  • Focus Booster (Web, Windows, macOS, iOS, Android) for freelancers who work with multiple clients

  • PomoDoneApp (Web, Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android) for using Pomodoro with a third-party task management app

  • KanbanFlow (Web) for combining Kanban and Pomodoro

  • Pomotodo (Web, Windows, macOS, Chrome, iOS, Android) for combining GTD® and Pomodoro

  • Marinara Timer (Web) for teams looking to complete pomodoros together

  • Be Focused (macOS, iOS) for simple task and time management on Apple devices

  • Tomatoes (Web) for motivating you to complete pomodoros

  • Engross (Android) for figuring out when you’re the most focused

  • Pomodoro.cc (Web) for people who are new to the Pomodoro Technique

  • Timerdoro (Web) for people who need multiple timers

  • Alternatives to Timer Apps

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