Would using Facebook at work make you more productive? I'll take wild guess that your answer is similar to mine, a resounding no. But just a few weeks ago Wal-Mart, one of the largest private employers in the US, announced that its’ employees are now going to be using this social media platform at work.
Alter studies how much time screens steal from us and how they're getting away with it. He shares why all those countless hours you spend staring at your smartphone, computer, or tablet device may be making you miserable, and what you can do about it. Take ten minutes out of your day to watch his talk in its entirety - it may make you a whole lot happier.
What are we actually giving up when we devote so much of our time to being glued to our phones? I made a decision to limit my social media use for a week for #PutPhoneDown and find out what other things I was missing out on.
The Toronto Star recently wrote about some interesting new technological developments for assessing suicide risk that raises some questions for use.
We are guilty of it too…. Using our smart phone all day, everyday! Over 55% of the Canadian population has a smart phone - but are we really that smart? What are the implications of smart phones? How do they impact our overall health and our workplace productivity?
Consider how much time you are spending on your smart phone every day. I know that I use it both at home and at work, and am always connected....
We just heard about this interesting new app created by The London Service Collaborative, Mind Your Mind and CAMH called Be Safe. This app allows individuals to create a crisis safety plan, and connects individuals who are experiencing mental health and addiction challenges to resources in their community (currently only in London, Ontario). It also allows medical professionals to access a person's medical information, like medications and dosage information, in the event of a crisis when an individual cannot communicate this themselves.
Since I started practicing mindfulness last year, I have always wished there was a way to know if I was doing it right. When practicing in a group setting, I would always look at everyone around me to see if there eyes were really closed, how they were sitting, and I would wonder what they were thinking about. In attempts to incorporate mindfulness into my own life, I tried various apps, videos, guided meditations and tried setting practice times at specific times of day. When I would try in the evening, I would sometimes fall asleep – is that what is supposed to happen? “I was relaxed”, I would tell myself! Recently I came across this interesting new product called Muse that might be able to help answer some of my questions!
How far should we go to find out whether our employees are happy?
There are some new devices and technologies on the market that can detect the mood of the wearer. Using a specific algorithm, the devices or apps monitor a set of factors that give an overall rating of someone’s happiness.
Read on to find out more...