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|Is information overload causing stress in employees?|
Information overload from smartphones with email and social media could be a major cause of stress for people in jobs from London recruitment agencies.
According to Neil Shah, director of The Stress Management Society, mountains of information vying for people's time is causing them to become overwhelmed.
"We keep creating new technology, both hardware and applications and we are increasing the amount of information that is thrown at us - preventing many of us from being able to switch off," he explained.
"It's not like you leave work at 17:30 and are no longer in front of a computer and can't be contacted, because nowadays you can keep in touch with people 24-7."
However, it is not just always-on technology that is causing stress in the workplace. Mr Shah observed that people now work in a more fragmented way, meaning that employees can write an email when the phone rings then receive a text message and jump from task to task.
This, he said, is bringing down productivity.
Last week, founder of the Mesmo Consultancy Group Dr Monica Seeley claimed office workers are wasting up to 21 days a year through email overload.
Posted by James Strang
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