Working virtually is taxing
  • Since shifting into a more virtual work situation our workday has been proven to be lengthed by more than an hour and meetings extended for a full 10 minutes longer.
  • As we feed into these longer working hours it causes us to have higher chances for cognitive overhead. We may not be aware of it but our brains aren't wired to look at a flat image of a person on a grid.
  • Our brain produces beta waves every time we process a lot of information at once and then our brain starts to slow down.

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Is there an antidote to 'digital intensity'?

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Short-term fixes for cognitive dysfunction
  • In order to reduce the beta waves our brain makes, it's important to take a break here and there and do something that will relax your brain - preferably not involving a screen.
  • By doing so, your brain will begin to produce alpha waves. We'll become more and engaged and focused on our tasks.
  • When we take breaks it allows us to rest and maintain better brain health throughout the day because it helps restore alpha waves which restore our cognitive function.

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Taking strides forward on virtual workings

So that we may be able to make a significant change we must reassess the way we communicate with each other at work.

Many schedule wasteful meetings that are evidently not helpful most of the time. In order to reduce overworking, we need to communicate policies and expectations to workers clearly but this doesn't mean we should micromanage them.

When we end presenteeism in our work culture, we are establishing a healthier habit of knowing when to log off.

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