You’re on the beach, you have your mobile in your hand and you step inside for a moment to look at your work email. You might think this is a spontaneous decision and it will hardly take you a minute, but in fact this gesture hides a lot more: the impossibility of completely detaching from work. An increasingly common reality that translates into 30% of workers unable to avoid contact with their company during the holidays, a . According to Randstad Company Studies Done in 2019.
When looking for criminals, there is one element that is always replicated in the pool: smartphones and the disproportionate use we make. “This apparently harmless device blurs the boundaries between working life and our leisure and entertainment hours. it makes us always on. Devices penetrate our lives almost without our knowledge and, especially mobile phones, is like water: it filters and eats up the land or areas of our lives”, explains psychologist and author of the book Gabriela Paoli Digital health: the key to healthy use of technology.
To reverse this situation, psychologists recall that the main thing is to be clear about what is happening: “You need to be aware that these apparently harmless gestures or habits are an unhealthy pattern of behavior.” configure.” For this reason we have to be disciplined and put “limits, limits, limits, constraints… don’t respond. Put the mobile in airplane mode, remove the notifications, enter automatic response and if none of these is enough then the mobile Leave it in a drawer.
It’s Not Always a Good Idea to Take Your Computer Home to the Beach
Digitization has changed, for better and for worse, the relationship between our personal and professional lives. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many people have become digital nomads and have taken advantage of companies’ flexibility to work from the beach or other locations away from major cities. A reality, a primary idyllic life, involving risk because it comforts us, that we don’t value the time devoted to work so much, and we have a false notion of comfort.
According to Paoli, prolonged telework conditions can produce psychological effects (mental exhaustion, feelings of isolation, emotional fragility, etc.), which should be addressed and attempted to combat. So if you’re working from the beach and it’s time to enjoy the holidays, you’ve got to try yourself to give them body and soul.
Being hyperconnected is “a habit that can and should be fixed,” recalls the psychologist. “We use the network for everything and all the time, which can lead us to abuse it. It is as if our habits of hyperconnectivity drag us down, they become small automatisms”. , as is the case when we want to establish a new habit in our lives, we must learn and strive to change it: “It is necessary to train ourselves to have the willpower necessary to relinquish immediate pleasure, a dopamine shot.” , to reach the distant good or the ultimate good. Paoli explains that digital health can be created and maintained by incorporating self-care habits such as a balanced diet, exercise, stress management, taking care of your comfort and of course, healthy and conscious management of our devices.
When companies are not in favor of disconnection
Another reason, according to Randstad data, that makes disconnection unfeasible is that it is the company that contacts the employee on their vacation days. A communication that is primarily via WhatsApp (59.6%), followed by phone calls (51.3%) and email (36.1%).
When this happens regularly, the employee can choose to turn off email sessions, uninstall work organization applications like Slack or Zoom, and silence company WhatsApp groups. But this will only be a temporary solution. According to Paoli, the ideal is for companies to be aware of the need to respect comfort and act accordingly. For this they may refer to “the right to digital disconnection and how to carry it out” in the Company’s agreements and contracts, and to add the right to digital disconnection and guarantee it as the right to harmonize professional and personal life. What is more important to give. Above all, considering its importance and its impact on the physical and mental health of workers”, explains the psychologist.
Rest periods should work to make us feel good and make us stronger. It is appropriate and necessary to rest, reflect and disconnect because, as Paoli recalls, “it is scientifically proven that doing nothing is very healthy. Ten minutes of inactivity a day is very positive”.
Something that we can achieve to a greater or lesser extent through practice, small daily gestures that help us regain control of our lives. “Self-regulation and self-control are trained. And that means victory over oneself as well as independence and emotional autonomy”, he explains. To begin, Paoli points to some ideas that this Anticipate and notify everyone when you’ll be on vacation; schedule automated responses; slow down the pace of activity and ease schedules; and, above all, engage in simple activities that bring us and family pleasure. Or spend time with friends we feel good with.