The importance of digital wellbeing | S3 E16

First published: 16 August, 2022

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The importance of digital wellbeing | S3 E16

The importance of digital wellbeing

Since the beginning of 2020, most of us have experienced a huge transition in the way that we work. Now more of us are than ever are working from home. We’re often working in a hybrid way or working in ways that we would never have been able to contemplate before the pandemic and the periods of lockdown. One of the things that we’re probably all acutely aware of, and that gets talked about a lot, is mental health and wellbeing. In this podcast episode we will explore how we can use the tools at our disposal, whether that’s Microsoft Teams or Zoom or all of the different suite of tools that have suddenly proliferated since the beginning of the pandemic and hybrid working, to actually help our employees with their mental health and their wellbeing.

How can we build a culture where we communicate effectively, where we listen, where we share, but also where we create ways of working that are conducive to our mental health, to good mental health? In this episode we are going to look at some of the tools that are available and how we can create a sense of digital wellbeing in our organisations when we’re all working in a dispersed manner in different locations.

Now we’re starting to re emerge into a sense of hybrid working with people working remotely and together, another important factor is the idea of loneliness. It seems ironic that we’re hearing this quite a lot, despite being in meetings back to back on Zoom or Teams every day, there is a heightened sense of loneliness born out of social isolation. And again, that might be only for a few days a week now that we’re moving back into hybrid working, but it is having an impact so how can we minimise and mitigate in our organisation?

So that’s the topic for this episode, the importance of digital wellbeing in our organisations and the tools we have at our disposal to help us to be able to deal with that. We hope you find this an interesting conversation.

Guest profile

Alex Graves is a co-founder at Silicon Reef and Alex has over a decade of experience working with Microsoft collaboration tools for Enterprise clients. As a non-technical person, Alex’s focus is on people-led outcomes with a variety of clients increasing employee productivity and engagement using Microsoft technology solutions. Alex also hosts the “Work Happy” podcast.

Useful Links

Link to relevant episode of the Engaging Internal Comms podcast: https://thebigpicturepeople.co.uk/blog/podcast/measuring-online-collaboration-s2-e4/

Alex’s LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iamalexgraves/

Silicon Reef website: https://siliconreef.co.uk

Here’s a link to Alex’s podcast page – Work Happy: A Podcast for Internal Comms Teams (siliconreef.co.uk)

Here’s a link to the loneliness report mentioned in Etherstone interview – https://siliconreef.co.uk/blog/the-hybrid-workers-guide-to-combatting-loneliness/

Link to Alex’s product for employee engagement – Ripple – Employee Communications App – Ripple (ripple-connect.com)

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