A mobile way of working gives us more flexibility regarding when and where we do our work, but how do we handle that freedom in order to achieve a good work-life balance? How do we stay connected and accessible on our own terms? Here are some of my thoughts and reflections on the topic.
At eConnectivity we define a mobile way of working as having access to everything needed to work, independent from geography, time and device. One should have the possibility to access everything from a mobile phone and possibility to complete essential tasks without opening a laptop. We believe this way of working provides a lot of value, even if there are still many avenues for improvement.
With a mobile way of working we have more freedom and flexibility to take care of work tasks when it suits us. For my colleagues @eConnectivity that brings value to them in different ways.
What do you find valuable, being able to work from anywhere and anytime?
Creating a good work-life balance is one area that seems particularly difficult to handle. Being constantly connected, we tend to overuse the fact that micro tasks only take seconds. Many of those micro tasks quickly add up to 1 or 2 hours, stealing time and focus from family, friends, hobbies, exercise or sleep.
Why is it so difficult to disconnect? Of course this is a complex question with many aspects and answers; such as our core need to feel a sense of importance – to be appreciated for what we do (1), our need to belong, the fear of missing out and more. Some behaviors have even become a habit we do unconsciously.
So how can we be more in control of our time and create good habits around availability that works both for you and your colleagues?
There are settings we can use to make it just as easy to disconnect as to connect. As services are logging us in automatically into everything we need, they can also in some extent disconnect us automatically according to our needs.
But how does that make sense, having work and life floating together more and more? And in some business areas, being fast is business critical.
I believe that we can set our personal availability, letting people around us work when they want but not distract us when we do not want to be distracted. So the flexibility is there, it’s just adapted to what fits each and everyone of us the best. For example, if someone wants and needs to work late and send emails in the evening or during weekends, others receive them the next day or first on Monday morning.
Why not also discuss what is the general expectation for availability:
We also tend to believe that everyone finds it easy to set their own availability parameters, but most people don’t take the time to find those settings or the time to manually disconnect. Why not help by establishing a default mode for everyone in your company and guide everyone on how to add their own flexibility on top of that?
We know it’s crucial to let ourselves and our colleagues disconnect from work. Behavior science also shows that time off, when we let our minds wander, is when new ideas to a problem can appear (2). So let’s make it easy to be both ”on” and ”off”.
If you find it hard to get the ball rolling, at eConnectivity, we have a lot of experience with working remotely and being truly mobile. If you want our help with this journey, feel free to contact me directly so we can give you the tools that will enable you with this transition.
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(1) – American Philosopher and Psychologist William James, once said “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated”.
(2) – According to Dr Susan Weinschenk, Ph.D.in Psychology and over 30 years of experience as a behavioral scientist. If you want to use your brain to be creative, you need to work with the brain’s different creativity networks. (A network is a collection of different parts of the brain that work together.) First be very clear about what problem you are trying to solve (Executive Attention Network ) then let go of the problem and the brain will unconsciously sift through the possibilities (Imagination Network) and then give your brain time to ” mind wander” (Salience Network) and the brain will decide which idea it will pick up from the unconscious to the conscious brain. https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2018/12/role-of-creativity-ux-design/
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