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Avoiding “Always On” Syndrome in a Digital World

More and more people find themselves conducting work on their own devices and at locations other than the centralized office building regardless of whether or not they are officially recognized as telecommuters by their employer. If you check around, you’ll find that many traditional 9-to-5 office workers find themselves working from home even after their 8-hour stint at the office is over. Yes, seriously! This is done in the attempt to “get some serious work done” – something they aren’t always able to do at the office thanks to all the distractions that come with sharing office space with others. As Lisa Duncan explains in this post, being “always on” puts workers at serious risk for burnout. She follows up by offering some excellent, practical tips on establishing boundaries between work and personal life. Read on for information that can improve your work-life or the work-life of someone you know!

Lisa Duncan | Alternative Workstyle Enthusiast

With Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to be commonplace in the workforce by 2017 according to a recent Gartnerreport, and our obsession with smartphones as this Business Insider report suggests, it is very easy to get burnt out with the “Always On” syndrome.

This syndrome is especially challenging for those who telework or who work from home.

You know what I’m talking about.

  • Sneaking those email messages when your kid is reading a book to you
  • Texting your brilliant idea to a colleague at 9:00 at night so you don’t forget it
  • Agreeing to take that 7pm call while picking your kid up from practice, just because you can with your bluetooth-enabled car

It is important to remember that burnout can come out of nowhere and hit you hard. But here are a three simple tricks you can implement to help avoid burnout from “Always On” syndrome.

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6 responses to “Avoiding “Always On” Syndrome in a Digital World

  1. Mike July 14, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Good points. Few things are so important that they require 60/24/7/365 attention.

  2. Lisa Duncan | Alternative Workstyle Enthusiast July 15, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Thanks for the reblog Lynn! I took my own advice last week (sort of) and turned the “off switch” (well, it was turned off for me). No cell/internet for a whole week. Ok, truth be told I was in remote parts of Yosemite…I tried to find reception, but no such luck. I chuckled when I returned to the grid and saw this.

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