Control Your Technology

Excessive dependence on technology impacts stress, productivity and the environment

The age of automation has us dependent on communications devices: desktops, laptops, Blackberries, cell phones, pen drives—the list goes on. Technology is a blessing and a curse: we are always available, always on call. We are always using energy.

Research shows that employees spend an average of 11 minutes on project work without interruption, and each interruption lasts about 25 minutes.

Elaine Toms, Canada Research Chair in Management Informatics at Dalhousie University, studied “people in an average office. We parked people in a lab and gave them more work than they could do,” she explains. “We interrupted them with texts and phone calls three times an hour. The interruptions lasted one to three minutes, but it took several minutes for them to get re-focused.”

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