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Leading Edge – Technostress: finding the off switch

Series 3 of our podcast Leading Edge is here!

The series will once again feature an interesting lineup of Henley Business School experts with a new episode published weekly throughout the autumn of 2021.

We are contactable on various devices and apps 24/7. There is increased pressure to be visible and to build an online identity. But digital technology can cause problems rather than solve them. We need to make technology work for us, not the other way around.

Dr Caroline Rook, Assistant Professor in Leadership, reviews the impact of digital technology on our daily lives. She then offers her method for identifying the warning signs of stress in colleagues and in ourselves.

Listen to Caroline’s episode to hear her discuss these topics:

  • Understand what triggers high stress: different personalities will have different experiences
  • Setting boundaries and being strict with yourself
  • Expectations, camera off and walking meetings
Leading Edge - technostress Caroline Rook

“I think we see these technological devices as great helpers, but I sometimes have the feeling that they can very easily take over your life.”

What will Caroline keep and stop doing in the ‘new normal’?

• Continue:  going for regular walks at specific times and chatting to neighbours.

• Stop: being cooped up at home and instead travel to meet up with friends and family.

Caroline Rook

Caroline Rook

Dr Caroline is an Assistant Professor and lecturer in Leadership at Henley. Her research focuses on creating healthy and productive workplaces by exploring the links between leadership and well-being. In particular, she investigates how to manage executive stress; how to maintain authentic functioning at work; and the role of coaching in creating resilience for positive leadership.

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