Future of Work, Uncategorized

Technostress at the Wokplace

Screen Shot 2018-05-17 at 17.21.34Great article on technostress by David Lavenda, Co-founder and Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy, Harmon.ie

Published on hrtechnologist.com on May 3, 2018

Recently, we’ve seen public backlash against companies that are perceived to be hijacking consumer attention, focused primarily on consumer apps – but what about tech addiction’s role in the workplace? David Lavenda, Co-founder and Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy at harmon.ie shares how HR can play an important role in helping employers navigate the fine line between productivity and technostress.

Technology is a powerful tool that can make us smarter and more productive, keep us entertained and connect us to others. It also has the power to distract us, make us unproductive and in more serious cases, put us at risk of isolation, addiction, or depression.

Recently, we’ve seen public backlash against companies that are perceived to be hijacking consumer attention, including big businesses like Apple, Google, Facebook, Instagram, Snap and countless others. Groups like The Center for Humane Technology are speaking up to call out tech companies’ addiction-inducing practices and address the negative effects of increased screen time. These tech companies are often painted as “evil” or malicious when it comes to sucking up consumers’ time and attention.

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Teen Stress, Uncategorized

Digital Stress

Digital stress: What is it, how does it affect teens and how can you help?


This is an article was published by RN Remedies blogger, Bianca Salvetti, MSN, CNS, CPNP on the Los Angeles Childrens’s Hospital website.

Recently, I came across an article about digital stress and its effects on teenagers. Working in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, this is often a topic of concern for teenagers and their families.

More now than ever, teenagers are constantly connected to their peers through cell phones or computer internet access. For adolescents, communication is an integral part of their social experience. This can lead to positive interactions for the adolescent but it has the potential for negative ones as well.

To help explain digital stress and how parents can help, I enlisted the help of Dr. Mari Radzik, Coordinator of Mental Health Services at the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult medicine.

“What I’ve seen in my practice over the years is how pervasive the online social media experience is for youth. Now that Facebook has moved into parents use, adolescents have moved to other social media sites such as Snap Chat or Instagram. Our youth today would much rather text or social network on their phones,” Dr. Radzik said.

This type of connection with friends and significant others is often easier to hide from parents and caregivers and could leave the adolescent vulnerable to the effects of digital stress

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Continue reading this article on the CHLA website

For the Online Stress Summit we’ll be interviewing digital stress expert, author & consultant, Matthias Dewilde.

Matthias_DewildeAfter experiencing a long term screen & gaming addiction himself, he now guides children, parents & companies alike in creating a more balanced on- & offline lifestyle at home or at work.

His clients, including Marriott, Teamleader & Cronos, have relied on him to show the impact technology is having on our wellbeing & our kids – and how to thrive & find peace in a world filled with devices.

As a speaker he is connected to organizations such as Child Focus and received national acclaim & press coverage for his engagements and contributions to treating screen & gaming addiction.




Future of Work, Uncategorized

BOREDOM, the hidden risk of automation

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Interesting article by performance scientist, keynote speaker and author James Hewitt published (30 Nov 2017) on the website of the World Economic Forum.


Are we at risk of boring ourselves to death? Less than 5% of occupations are 100% automatable, according to estimates. However, 30% of the work involved in most jobs could be carried out by machines. For the overworked employee, a reduced workload sounds attractive. A robotized future in which humans are on permanent vacation might be idyllic.


However, there is a bias common to cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and economics against the costly and tiring nature of effort. This bias may cause us to underestimate both the value of exertion and the risks boredom brings.


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Teen Stress, Uncategorized

Can robots reduce teen stress?

Teens create social robots to reduce stress

Article published on the website of The News Tribune by Allison Needles

May 9, 2018

The name of Damien Roy’s social robot is Bob.

While the name is simple, the concept is a bit more complicated.

Bob is a prototype Ecological Momentary Assessment Robot (EMAR), or a user-friendly robot that is meant to measure and collect teen mental health data in a public high school setting.

Roy, a 10th-grader at Chief Leschi Schools in Puyallup, designed and created the robot after a counsellor suggested he’d be interested in the EMAR project.

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