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My Pocket Psych: The Psychology of the Workplace

Oct 24, 2018

Welcome to episode 26 of ‘My Pocket Psych’.
This time round, Richard and Pilar discuss some recent news coverage about how we manage our ‘digital wellbeing’ and screen time and discussions about the benefits of a shorter working week. 
Do we really need a ‘mini phone’ to accompany our main phone? Do we need to spend less time in front of screens? And should we all be aiming for a four-day working week?
We turn a critical eye on these stories and consider the importance of evidence as well as job design and cultural norms when it comes to work-life boundaries and working hours. 
Our shared challenge for next time is to review the Screentime function of your iPhone and share with us what kind of insight it’s giving you. Categories only - we don’t need to know how much time you’re spending on dating apps!
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Thanks for listening!
Resources covered this episode:
Apple's new 'Screentime' functionality in iOS: 
The new phone from Palm with a 'life mode':
“Should work emails during commute should count as work?”
“What would happen if we banned weekend work emails?”
Ellen Ernst Kossek's interview re technostress: 
The great episode of 'Reasons to be cheerful' all about working a four-day week: