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Stressed at work? Here’s why streamlining digital systems could be good for your mental health 

By Phoebe Barker

Image by Gino Crescoli from Pixabay

It’s no secret that high stress levels are linked to mental and physical health problems. A little stress might be good to help push you to hit those deadlines, but it is becoming increasingly more apparent that, especially in the workplace, experiencing recurrent stress can lead to burnout and more serious health issues. 

While we all might be living longer lives, our priorities, traditions and cultures have changed and made way for a world where the work/life balance is taking centre stage. With everyone becoming more aware of their mental health, we’re no longer interested in a world where happiness is limited to the weekend.

You only have to read the news to see the changes… 

  • There’s more talk than ever of four day working weeks, with many businesses across the globe trialling giving employees an extra day off every week, while all pay and employment conditions remain unchanged. 
  • When Tesla owner Elon Musk revealed he regularly worked a 120 hour week (the average UK employee works 40 hours a week), the backlash and ridicule online was extensive.
  • There are now almost 10,000 different mental health apps like Headspace available to download, designed to help you switch off and keep calm. Just check out the NHS’s list of mental health apps to see how widespread they’re become.  
  • Companies like James Routledge’s Sanctus have been founded to create safe spaces in workplaces where people can work on their mental health, and are becoming progressively more successful as awareness spreads. 
  • Mental health books like Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive are number one bestsellers and globally popular (Haig’s remained in the British top ten for 46 weeks).

The evidence all points to a world where mental health is as critical as physical health, and we’re no longer letting it take a backseat.

 

But what does this mean for businesses?

For businesses, stress on employees can directly impact the bottom line, and is therefore a significant risk to any organisation. While mental health in the workplace is less of a taboo than it was even a few years ago, it is imperative that business leaders continue to invest in mental health support. The same way you might purchase standing desks or supply bowls of fruit for the office, there should be options available to keep minds healthy and happy. 

There is a lot of focus on putting strategies in place to support stressed employees, but what if we could reduce the stress in the first place? 

Streamlining digital systems is a good place to start. 

Ever found yourself vexed at a misbehaving printer before? Or desperately tried to remember where you saved something that you knew would come in handy but now cannot find anywhere? You wouldn’t be the only one.

If the idea of trying to navigate clunky intranets, manage outdated systems and battle with logins and passwords fills you with dread and leaves you putting off the task until the deadline is upon you, then your digital systems are seriously letting you down. 

Technology should exist to make your job easier.

Technology should exist to make your job easier, not the opposite. Knowing that the job will be a laborious and difficult task can leave you worrying about doing it for much longer than is necessary. This will pack on the stress and make it much harder to focus and switch off come home time. For many employees, this is a daily issue. It has to change.

Painless technology

Streamlining your digital systems is about embracing digital transformation and engaging with pain-free technology that can help your employees to do their jobs better. All of the systems in place, from finance to marketing management, CRM systems, internal comms or learning and development platforms, should be simple, efficient and fully-functioning. 

Technology should feel effortless.

Unless you’re willing to dedicate massive amounts of time and money into something (without guarantee of ROI), how else will you transform company culture and get thousands of employees to engage? For technology to really work, it should cater to existing habits, rather than requiring users to form new ones.

Employee Experience Platforms like Connect and Learn are designed with the user in mind, so that they can have peace of mind. 

Rather than being filled with excessive functional options that complicate the user experience, these platforms are simple, streamlined and feel effortless from first use. They adapt to current technology trends by being mobile first, scalable and built for speed. By being fully functional offline, they support employees regardless of time, location, device or job. For remote workers and the deskless workforce, this is revolutionary. 

Taking the step to adopt Employee Experience Platforms is a natural progression away from out-dated intranets and excessive emailing, to systems which really do help employees love their work. By taking the daily struggle out of technology use, improving internal communications and aiding learning, it’s not just one, but several less things, for employees to worry about. Giving them that extra help to care for themselves, mind and body. 

 

About StoryShare

StoryShare exists so employees can love their work.

StoryShare is a SaaS Communication and Learning Experience Platform optimised for mobile. The platform delivers ‘Netflix style’ communication and learning experiences to improve Employee Engagement and better equip people to do their jobs. The service can reach any employee, anytime, anywhere, on any device.

StoryShare is deployed at leading brands including Unilever, Accenture, Covestro, Renault and Upfield.