Employees today are more plugged in than ever. Many check—and respond—to email outside of work hours. In the face of increased connectivity, there is value in intentionally creating balance by engaging with the three-dimensional world. There is no doubt that computers increase workplace efficiency and capacity; however, they can also increase stress and proliferate distraction. Odds are wherever you are reading this, your phone is within 3 feet of you. Charlotte Lieberman noted our dependence in the Harvard Business Review: “it’s not unusual to have your phone with you at all times. We carry our phones around everywhere as if they are epi-pens and we all have fatal allergies.”
Taking an intentional break from screens can help you feel more refreshed and allow you to engage with new focus. Put down your smartphone and try one of our suggestions today:
Take a coffee-break in a communal gathering place at work.
Go for a walk without your phone.
Phone a colleague to say thank you for his or her help on a project.
Eat your lunch away from your desk. Better yet, sit outside.
Hand-deliver your report to a colleague rather than sending it interoffice mail.
How do you unplug? Do you find it necessary to do so? How do you balance connection and rest? Join us on social media to share your thoughts.