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Work, net connectivity woes stoke Amdavadis’ ire – my inputs in Sunday Times…

21 Sep

Working from home and managing workloads with erratic hours, and that too often on their weekly offs, appear to be weighing down hard on the tempers and stress-levels of people in Ahmedabad. A nationwide study conducted by Tata Salt Lite indicates that troubles related to work and internet connectivity are among top reasons that add to the stress-levels of Amdavadis, making them lose their temper.
The study was conducted across some 10 Indian cities with a sample size of 200 persons for each.
“Some 49% of the respondents admitted that they would feel extremely angry, make errors or even argue with their boss if they were assigned work on their holidays or if they were asked to work longer on Fridays for some urgent work,” the survey reported.
“Digital screen time due to forced work from home and online education has gone up sharply and impacting mental and physical health,” claims the survey.
Ahmedabad-based mental health experts have also been repeatedly getting patients who report aggressive behaviour or anxiety or even issues such as panic and insomnia triggered by work stress.
“Defining working hours for oneself and sticking by a regular work routine is extremely important. People often end up overworking or working on weekly offs, and in the current times when companies are laying off employees. The insecurity triggers aggressive behaviour, or even anxiety and stress, causing insomnia and in turn affecting one’s performance,” said Dr Hansal Bhachech, consultant psychiatrist.

“While the onus is on the individual to maintain basic work ethic and timeliness, even companies must encourage their employees to not overwork and deliver work within specified working hours,” he further went on to say.
The survey further revealed that three out of five i.e. 59% respondents lost tempers or got upset if their internet connection abruptly stopped working.
“Lots of people have insecurities about their jobs and their performances. Being forced to work from home, the work and performance depends on internet connectivity and when it gets poor, many people feel guilty or have the fear of being judged for being a poor performer. This only adds to their stress levels,” said Dr Nimrat Singh, a psychologist based in Ahmedabad.

Link of the original article https://m.timesofindia.com/city/ahmedabad/work-net-connectivity-woes-stoke-amdavadis-ire/articleshow/78210991.cms

 
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