With the lockdown, the time we spend behind a digital screen has increased dramatically. With that increased digital exposure comes digital burnout, and it could have negative health effects.
Now, more than ever, we find ourselves in the so-called burnout generation. With billions of people at home during global lockdowns and many of those working from home, the time we spend behind a digital screen has increased dramatically. With that increased digital exposure comes digital burnout, and it could have negative health effects.
Amid the psychosocial fallout of COVID-19 on campuses, where fear and anxiety levels run high, some actions have proved helpful to students and staff, including collegiality, regular debriefings and intensive, clear communication. There has been demand for resilience and life skills training.
So agreed presenters at a webinar hosted by the Alliance for African Partnership or AAP, a consortium of 11 universities in Africa and Michigan State University. “Coping with Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 in Higher Education: Responses and lessons learned” was the fifth in a series of six AAP public dialogues. University World News is the media partner.
The coronavirus pandemic has relegated many professionals to work from home and use video conferencing technology to maintain communication with colleagues. However, professionals are finding Zoom meeting after Zoom meeting to be tiring. People are looking at you on these video calls, so you may feel the need to perform at your peak. This can take greater effort on your part in order to process non-verbal cues. Also, moments of silence or delays on a video call can make people uncomfortable.
Youth Lab has teamed up with mental healthcare practitioners to provide Mental Health First-Aid sessions for youth struggling to cope with the effects of Covid-19. If you’re a student, young professional or if you’re unemployed, you can sign up to get mental health support.
Over four weeks our trained facilitators will equip you with practical tools to cope with anxiety and stress. You must be willing to commit to four hour-long sessions over the course of one month.
Never in the history of humanity have so many people been feeling intense anxiety related to COVID-19 and the world it will leave in its wake. The intent of this course is to give you a deeper understanding of the anxiety reaction as it relates to various aspects of our current life, ranging from our consumption of news to the way we talk to our children about this. I will also give you clear strategies for managing and, in fact, turning off the anxiety response at least for short periods. My sincere hope is that you will leave this course with a better understanding of how your brain reacts to crises, along with some powerful tools for managing it before it manages you.
As a result of the increasingly urgent need to speed up Covid-19 testing, together with the number of tests increasing daily which has led to delayed laboratory results, Dis-Chem Pharmacies will be providing drive-through testing stations at a number of its stores across the country. Dis-Chem's nursing practitioners will facilitate swab tests in the convenience of your car, which will be submitted to Laboratories the results will be communicated to you as soon as available. Please note that results may be delayed due to public holidays, weekends and logistical reasons.
Tests will be carried out by fully trained registered nurses. The test being used is the same as the one presently utilised by healthcare practitioners and they are carried out exactly as they are at various laboratories. The testing process is simple – consumers will be directed to the entrance, then the registration point where completed NICD documentation by the patient will be handed over. After payment of R850, the test will be carried out.
Whether you've been working from home for years, or are just getting started, it's not as easy and fun as you one might think. There are mental hurdles to overcome, including the feeling of isolation, especially if the only voice you've heard all day long is yours as you talk to your dog or cat.
Sure, the idea of rolling out of bed and going to work in your pajamas sounds like a dream come true. But in reality, it does more harm than good to your mental health. We asked ZDNet's team of remote workers from all over the world for their best advice when it comes to working from home. From setting a daily routine to desk setups and ensuring you take care of yourself, here's what they had to say.
As more countries move to de-escalate lockdown, it’s becoming clear that the largest ever experiment in working practices has borne fruit, and that for many people things will never be the same again.
For example, a US Census Bureau survey reveals that one-third of all American workers and half of all so-called “information workers” are able to work from home, and that 98% would like the option of working from home for the rest of their career. Nearly two-thirds of candidates say that whether a company offers alternative work locations (home or office) is a key consideration when choosing a job. On the other side of the equation, companies are managing to save about $11,000 annually for every employee who works from home approximately half the time.
Lockdown is easing and schools are returning. But in some parts of the country the coronavirus epidemic is escalating. It’s an anxious time, and there are likely to be multiple waves of outbreaks of Covid-19 over the next two years, unless a vaccine becomes available sooner. If we are to live our lives, there are no guarantees against infection. But it’s all about reducing risk to ourselves and others by not becoming infected over a very short period of time which will overwhelm our health care services. We must also protect the most vulnerable (elderly and those with chronic medical conditions) from severe illness and death.
SADAG are aware that during this time many people might feel even more anxious or stressed. While we don’t want to add any further to the panic or hysteria, we want to offer help and support to so many South Africans who feel scared, confused, anxious and overwhelmed. SADAG Helplines are a critical service to many, and since the development of the Coronavirus SADAG has received many calls from people who are already feeling stressed and anxiety.
It is uncertain exactly when we will be able to work together in our offices, although it is clear that our work will involve primarily digital connections with others for a while longer While the cloud of the global health and financial crisis are weighing on us, the technology we are using as our life line is prompting a new ailment – exhaustion. Now more than ever we must create a robust workplace culture and stronger relationships to retain our humanness.
According to a Bloomberg report, Sundar Pichai, Google's CEO, told Google employees on Thursday to be ready to work remotely through October and possibly to the end of the year. Actually, a Google spokeswoman said most Google workers are expected to work from home until 2021.
So, life's going back to normal? Not at this tech giant.
It's not just Google. Facebook has also told its staffers that most of them can continue to work from home through the end of the year. Zillow, the online real-estate company, has also announced that its people can work from home until 2021. And, Sagicor, a major Caribbean's insurance provider, announced their employees would be working from home until 2021.
In his bestseller "Good to Great," author Jim Collins describes something called the “Flywheel Effect.” No matter how dramatic the end result, good-to-great transformations never happen in one fell swoop. In building a great company or firm, Collins argues there is no single defining action, no grand program, no one killer innovation, no solitary lucky break, no miracle moment. Instead, it’s a process that’s like relentlessly pushing a giant, heavy flywheel, turn upon turn, building momentum until a point of breakthrough, and beyond.
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An executive at JPMorgan Chase & Co. gets unapologetic messages from colleagues on nights and weekends, including a notably demanding one on Easter Sunday. A web designer whose bedroom doubles as an office has to set an alarm to remind himself to eat during his non-stop workday. At Intel Corp., a vice president with four kids logs 13-hour days while attempting to juggle her parenting duties and her job.
During the last week, one client cancelled a three-day event, which was to include a day of strategic planning, a full-day board meeting, and a professional symposium.
Another client cancelled a two-day board retreat, one of the only times each year this national board meets in person.
In one case a board chair and in another an executive director described what they saw as an either/or proposition.