Lunch’n’Learn : Hyperconnectivity in the workplace. How charged are you?

Tuesday 25th June was an exciting day, when MindForest kicked off a new cycle of events in the format of Lunch’n’Learns in English.

The cycle was inaugurated with a lunch on the highly topical subject of Hyperconnectivity in the workplace.

Hyperconnectivity is a current topic, which is becoming more and more crucial to achieving a balance in the workplace.

According to a study on business communication; compared to the 1970’s when an executive received less than 1000 external communications a year, today a person in a similar position receives over 30,000 communications.

This vast amount of connectivity leads to excessive stress, lack of concentration and in the worst case to frustration and disengagement among employees.

A Gallup study has found that today only 13% of employees are fully engaged and committed to their work, a main factor for disengagement being hyperconnectivity.

Faced with facts and figures like these, businesses have no choice but to look into means to handle the communication overload and stress related to the constant connectedness.

Exchange of good practices

The event allowed participants to learn how about how to identify the risks and challenges related to hyperconnectivity. They were also introduced to alternative methods and best practices in the scope of company strategy, culture and communication as a means of using hyperconnectivity to their advantage, to increase productivity and keep employees engaged.

In an interactive discussion, participants learnt about the importance of a winning digital culture; in order to succeed in a digital transformation, context, it is crucial to stay focused on the human factors, where the three key components identified remain leadership, transparency and collaboration.

Furthermore, the participants talked about their own experiences, discovered new ways of approaching the subject and exactly what to look out for regarding their own health as well as that of their employees.

Fight the roots of the cause not the symptoms

During the Lunch’n’Learn, led by MindForest consultant Lene Pedersen, it became clear that it doesn’t help to fight the symptoms of hyperconnectivity such as stress, burnout, connectivity addiction and the fear of missing out (FOMO), but more importantly one needs to get to the root of the cause.

In order to succeed and benefit from connectedness, a digitalization strategy needs to be clearly defined and communicated, it should include cultural, organizational and communicational aspects and be supported by a clear involvement of and transparency towards employees. 

Adapt and boost effectiveness

Respect and understand new ways of working, implement digital tools that make sense to your work, yet remain analog in your management skills, be people-oriented and create a leadership of collaboration both inside and outside your organization.

To conclude, when used correctly, hyperconnectivity can save you money, boost productivity and unlock new human capital resources that you could previously only dream of.

Are you ready to connect?

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