The line between work and leisure time seems more blurred today than in the past, and mobility technology means people can, and perhaps feel obliged to, work outside normal hours. We’re probably all guilty of replying to the odd late night email, for some it’s even become a bad habit.
The impact of this ‘always-on’ mentality is people are burned out, tired and stressed. Instead of being highly engaged, creative, and service oriented. Enlightened organisations are aware of this pressure and will seek to introduce exciting new improvements.
In the coming year, companies will continue to make a range of well-being tools available to employees, from smart watches to wearable fitness technology, apps and comprehensive platforms integrating health monitoring, education, physical care and counselling amongst others. The most successful organisations will invest in making these technologies accessible, enjoyable and cultural for their employees.
Employers will also invest in technology that makes work more enjoyable for their staff. Technology to make our personal lives better is well-established. Finding our way around, shopping, and watching movies are just some of the many life experiences transformed by social and mobile technologies, which themselves are increasingly leveraging artificially intelligent interfaces and machine learning algorithms. Employers will continue to invest in AI, chatbots, intelligent services, machine learning, mobility and social platforms to improve the working experience.
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