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4 Tips to Prioritize Employee Digital Wellbeing

April 5, 2024 | by Télé-Ressources

a happy man at his deskEnsuring the wellbeing of employees extends beyond physical health—it also encompasses their digital consummation. Human Resources professionals play a pivotal role in fostering a balanced relationship between technology and employee wellbeing. Here are four effective strategies to prioritize and support employee digital wellbeing:

Establish Clear Boundaries and Expectations

Setting clear guidelines and expectations around digital usage is paramount. HR can collaborate with leadership to define boundaries for after-work communication, encouraging a healthy work-life balance. Clear policies on response times to emails or messages outside working hours help employees disconnect and recharge, reducing burnout and stress.

Help Employees Unwind and Disconnect

Encouraging employees to disconnect during breaks or vacation time is essential for their mental and emotional health. HR can lead by example, promoting a culture that values taking breaks and unplugging. Implementing policies that discourage after-hours emails or meetings and ensuring adequate time off can facilitate proper relaxation and recharge.

Remind Employees to Use Company Health Benefits

Many companies offer employee assistance programs or mental health resources that often include digital wellness support. HR can regularly remind employees about these benefits and encourage their utilization. This might involve workshops, seminars, or online resources focusing on digital detox, stress management, or mindfulness.

Encourage Physical Activity Integration at Workstations

Incorporating physical movement into the work routine can mitigate the negative effects of prolonged digital exposure. HR can advocate for ergonomic workstations, standing desks, or equipment that encourages movement. Additionally, promoting stretching exercises, short walks, or desk yoga during breaks can alleviate physical strain caused by extended screen time.