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Notifications: Striking a Balance at Work and Home

Notifications have become a part of our daily lives. Whether it’s the ping of a new email, a message from a colleague on Teams, or a meeting reminder on your calendar, these little nudges constantly battle for our attention.

But are we reaching a tipping point with notifications?

According to recent research, the answer might be a big “YES”. The study revealed that the ping, ping, ping of notifications from collaboration tools is not only a distraction at work but is also taking a toll on our precious work-life balance.

So, why are notifications becoming a nuisance, and what can we do about it?

We’re living in the era of collaboration tools. From video conferencing to project management platforms, we rely on these tools to stay connected and productive.

But… the more tools we use, the more notifications flood our screens.

During the traditional 9-5, the constant barrage of notifications can derail focus and productivity. But what’s annoying is when notifications creep into our downtime. One in three workers report that notifications outside of working hours have spiked over the past year.

As a society, we’ve created a situation where notifications disrupt our relaxation and family time. A third of young workers aged 21-34 struggle to fully enjoy time with loved ones due to work notifications. And that may put you at risk of losing your best people.

Here’s our three step take on tackling the notifications dilemma:

  1. Set clear boundaries: Make it understood that messages should be replied to within working hours. Practice what you preach by not sending messages outside of your own working hours (schedule send where possible)
  2. Reduce tool overload: Evaluate the collaboration tools you use. Streamline where possible.
  3. Empower your employees: Teach them to use do not disturb, and how to mute non-urgent notifications.

While technology has revolutionized the way we work, it shouldn’t come at the cost of our wellbeing.

If we can help you and your team strike a better balance, get in touch.

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