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Workplaces in the information age, or for that matter, our lives themselves are dominated by screens and screen time – anywhere and everywhere. According to a CNN survey, the modern-day employee ends up spending around 11 hours on an average weekday in front of a screen – laptop, smartphone, or other devices. This is almost half of the overall day and two-thirds of the awake time.
This is now no longer a borderline challenge as excessive screen time is now a very real problem for employers to tackle. Let’s first understand what exactly are the negative effects of excessive screen time for your employees.
Also, extreme levels of screen time over the long term have been known to increase mental illnesses such as depression, suicidal tendencies, eating disorders, lack of motivation, relationship challenges, etc.
In addition to the health & efficiency challenges, all the above factors subsequently increase healthcare costs for the employer and ultimately affect the bottom line of the organization adversely.
Now coming to the question of how much screen time is too much, the onus lies not just with employers but with the employees as well. Firstly, it is important to underline the fact that work-related screen time is a necessity and completely cutting down on it may not be always feasible. Thus, employees must also make an effort to ensure they reduce some screen time from their personal lives to ensure an overall balance.
What can Employers do?
What can Employees do?
The concept of excessive screen time is a necessary evil in our times. There are no conclusive methods to completely wash it away, however, there are ways to curb its prevalence in our lives. How it is achieved is a personal choice. Should you wish to reduce screen time in your lives and adopt a healthier lifestyle, it is possible.
From the employer’s side, they ought to encourage employees to be more active, and promote a work culture that aids improved efficiency – and this includes finding innovative ways to curb some of the screen time their employees currently expend.