14 May 2019 | Me & My Smartphone Protecting Mental Health in our Hyperconnected Lives

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Minds@Work LEARN - 14 May 2019, 6:00pm for 6:30 start
a FREE event hosted by Made by Many in London - limited seats

Research by the Chartered Management Institute has revealed that our inability to switch off has extended our working hours by 7.5 hours a week - adding 44 working days to the calendar each year.

Is this you?

If it is, you’re probably feeling the effects:

  • lying awake at night, ruminating about work - the blue light of your phone screen has told your brain that it’s daytime, so you stare at the ceiling and compose emails

  • feeling anxious, jittery - it’s hard to concentrate - your brain spends most of the day switching between tasks, consuming a constant stream of information that sends stress hormones coursing through your bloodstream

  • being told by your partner, children or friends that you’re on your phone too much - maybe you even hide your habit, leaving the room to have a sneaky peek at email or social media.

  • feeling isolated or depressed - some days you hardly feel human - you are one of the 40% of people who check their phones within 5 minutes of waking up

Our lives have been utterly transformed by the magic of technology in the past 10 years. Our machines give us the power to go faster than ever - to infinity and beyond! For the hyperconnected, there is no quiet moment - email inboxes are bottomless, news is always breaking somewhere in the world and social media streams flow relentlessly.

We’re only human; adapting to this level of change could take a million years. Meanwhile, we need healthier ways of co-living with our digital devices and managing the super-powers they give us. After all, we may be working overtime, but we are less productive than those European countries that work fewer hours. Plus, working around the clock ultimately leads to the same end for everyone - violent burnout.

If you want to change your relationship with technology, or introduce healthier habits in your organisation, this Minds@Work LEARN event is for you.

Hosted by Made by Many, the event is held during mental health awareness week - on 14 May 2019, starting at 6:30pm. It’s free to attend and open to all, but tickets are limited.

Psychiatrist Dr. Ian Drever will guide you through the clinical evidence to show why our use of technology is harming our health.

Laura Willis, Co-Founder of Shine Offline will lead an interactive workshop where participants will start to explore their relationships with their personal and work digital technology. The session will also give delegates an understanding of the importance of businesses striving towards having a healthy digital culture to protect employees’ wellbeing and maximize their performance.

Personal stories and case studies of change will be shared by:

  • Alison Fox, Corporate Communications & Living Well Programme Manager, RBI

  • James Neale, Head of Macro Investment, Barclays

  • Nigel Hutchinson, Director, Workplace & Secretarial Solutions, PwC

  • Sam Macdonald, Partner at Farrer & Co LLP

And Jonathan Garner, Founder of Mind Over Tech will join the discussion, with insight on ethical software design and how to become an intentional human being that makes technology work for you.

This event could change the way you participate in the digital world, putting you back in control of your life, 24/7 . It will also reveal the steps organisations are taking to nurture a healthy digital culture where their employees can thrive. 

April Doty