Fear of missing out (FOMO) in the workplace

People suffering from the fear of missing out have a real need to be in the know of everything. They want to see all the news and events, any office activity they want to be a part of and are always busy commenting on Facebook posts or tweeting on Twitter.

But FOMO can negatively affect productivity in the workplace.

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The following issues can affect some people and should be taken seriously.

  • The fear of not being asked to attend an important meeting.
  • The fear of not being able to participate in a meeting.
  • The fear of not being invited to a company retreat or office party.
  • The fear of not being able to take part in a lunch break group chat.

FOMO is not only decreasing productivity, but it can also cause information overload. For example, when something exciting happens early in the day, it can consume so much information that a person can reach his limit.

His productivity will decrease and affect overall workload progress. Worse is that the information was not even valuable or beneficial to perform his task at the office.

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