Digital technology has become a routine part of our lives, both at home and at work. This can be very beneficial and allows us to be connected to friends and family around the world as well as giving some people the flexibility to work remotely whenever suits them. But there can be downsides to our ability to be connected to technology 24/7: being available all the time can make it very difficult to switch off and leave work behind.
For some people this can create pressures – whether real or perceived – to always be on call. Leisure time has traditionally been our opportunity to switch off, recharge and refresh ourselves, but if ‘going off the grid’ is no longer an option, then what are the effects on us as people, our work and home lives?
Dr Barbara Neuhofer and Prof Adele Ladkin, Department of Tourism & Hospitality, Faculty of Management host an EPSRC-funded Balance Network event at Bournemouth University on Wednesday 9 March 2016 entitled: Digital work-life balance: ‘Going off the grid’ Can employees really switch off during travel?
This event intends to address these issues through a series of cutting-edge presentations and discussions with leading experts in the fields of tourism, hospitality, technology, human resources, wellbeing and occupational health.
With speakers from Bournemouth University, the University of the West of England and the Institute of Travel and Tourism, this event will open up the debate around work-life balance and how it has changed as a consequence of digital technology. All are welcome to attend.
The EPSRC-funded Balance Network aims to create links between businesses, policy-makers and people with an interest in the role of digital technology and its effects on our work and home lives.
See the programme and book your free tickets here.