Exploring the ‘always on culture’
Implications of technology use across the working life span for well‐being, work‐life balance and work outcomes
During 2015 and 2016 SOCRG hosts a series of seminars funded by the British Psychological Society (BPS) on information communication technology (ICT) use through the life span and its implications for work-life balance.
The purpose of this seminar series is to explore and develop an understanding of how people are managing digital usage across the working lifespan, and to what extent they are able to manage boundaries between work and activities in other life domains. Also explored is the impact of ICT use on psychological and physical well-being, as well as work-related outcomes and other domain-specific issues such as satisfaction with life and work. Particular consideration is given to exploring the strategies individuals use at different life and career stages to ‘manage’ their ICT use, their preference for work-life integration or separation and the role played by perceptions of control over domain management and other individual differences.
The research to be discussed and synthesised in this seminar series has important implications for individuals at different life stages, organisational functioning and society in general. It informs approaches to “healthy” working practices relating to ICT use. Given that the nature of work is rapidly changing, with many being increasingly able to work “anytime and anywhere”, employees and employers need more creative, flexible and sustainable strategies to manage work-life balance effectively throughout the life span, and equip individuals with coping skills to do so proactively.
The seminars include high-profile keynote speakers and presentations and discussions of research from a range of relevant disciplines.
Funded by a Research Seminar Competition Grant from The British Psychological Society.