You won’t have needed to have read too many of my blog entries to know that Sir Cary’s subject—’Social media damaging our work-life balance’—and particular topic—’Mental capital and wellbeing at work’—are both close to my heart.
- In his talk Sir Cary stressed the need for:
- control or autonomy for employees in their jobs
- management through praise and reward rather than fault-finding
- manageable workloads and achievable deadlines
- work life balance.*
*(funny how we all tend to put the word ‘work’ before the word ‘life’!)
Sir Cary highlighted the usual suspects. Long hours and their damaging effect on health, electronic mail overload and how the downside of email and social media now outweigh the benefits.
Finally, Sir Cary alluded to a John Ruskin (British social reformer) 1851 quote which I will reprise here:
In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: they must be fit for it, they must not do too much of it, and they must have a sense of success in it.
Don’t just take my word on these issues … eminent workplace psychology specialists are making the same points!
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