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Why you need to add the emerging topic of digital wellbeing to your World Mental Health Day plans

It’s World Mental Health Day on 10th October 2022, and if you don’t already have plans for the biggest mental health awareness day of the year, digital wellbeing needs to be your headlining subject - here’s why...

At a time when technology use has significantly increased for work and social connection, organisations wanting make commitments this World Mental Health Day to enhance workplace wellbeing should look no further than investing in healthy digital habits. Indeed, there are new things we need to be thinking about when it comes to workplace mental health, now that the future of work is digital!

Microsoft’s Hybrid Work Trends Report shows that the number of meetings per person has grown substantially since the pandemic began, we are drowning in chat messages and working more out of hours:

With over-consumption of technology linked to increases in anxiety, stress and sleep difficulties, addressing digital culture is now an essential element of organisational wellbeing strategies.

Buffer’s research has shown that the greatest struggle for remote workers is the inability to unplug from the always on working day. The work-life balance issue was propelled to the top spot in the 2021 post pandemic survey and remains there this year. And research this summer from Glassdoor Economic Research reveals that negative discussion about burnout amongst UK workers is up 48 percent in the last 12 months – this reinforces that we are feeling and talking about burnout more, and digital plays a key part.

Microsoft’s Work Trends Index highlighted that employees are rethinking their “worth it” equation and voting with their feet. In particular, Gen Z and millennials are leaving their employers on the hunt for jobs which are sustainable, citing the top five reasons for leaving as: personal wellbeing or mental health (24%), work-life balance (24%), risk of getting COVID-19 (21%), lack of confidence in senior management/ leadership (21%), and lack of flexible work hours or location (21%). You may not know it yet, but our digital culture can play into all of these factors!

Your headlining subject for World Mental Health Day 2022 must be digital burnout – and here’s how to make it happen...

“As we look to create a better future of work, addressing digital exhaustion must be a priority for leaders everywhere.” (Microsoft, Work Trends Index, March 2021).

Whilst the statistics paint a gloomy picture of the impact of digital technology on wellbeing, they also present an opportunity for organisations to be forward thinking and care for digital employee experience – creating conditions for high performance, good mental health and a sense of belonging.

Those organisations who get this right will find that this becomes their strategic advantage. Dropbox is one example - through investing in remote culture they have increased applicants per role and broadened the diversity of their people during the time of the Great Resignation.

Even the World Health Organisation and International Labour Organization have recommended training and guidelines on Digital Etiquette, to reduce the psychosocial and mental health impact of digital work. This is now a board-level issue.

And just in case you needed a final reason why investing in wellbeing is important… it pays back! Deloitte research shows a 5:1 return on money spent supporting mental health at work. Now you’re as convinced as we are that digital wellbeing solutions are important and now is the time to employ them, here’s how you can do just that…

Creating a healthy digital culture starts with awareness and workforce digital wellbeing training can be a key part of an organisational wellbeing strategy. With quality training you can raise awareness of the key wellbeing and performance issues of the digital age, reduce burnout, create healthy high performance which is sustainable and reduce loneliness in remote work.

Digital wellbeing experts Live More Offline can run sessions on a range of topics to care wellbeing, performance, loneliness and equality in a digital age, where attendees come away with practical tools to create healthier digital habits to improve mental health and thrive at work.

To book a session to be delivered in your organisation, or a consulting call to plan your own bespoke approach to digital wellbeing and find out more about the ways in which Live More Offline can support your organisation, please contact Alex La via at |

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