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Work Continues to Invade Our Private Lives through Technology

From work emails to phone calls and social media, more employees are struggling to divide their personal and work lives, especially executives. One third of Americans never even turn off their cell phones, and the constant access to work communication can prove stressful, especially for the extroverts who fear missing out. More introverted employees can sometimes disconnect better from work communication while at home, but the most important factor of all was having a clear, intentional plan for using social media and communicating with work while at home.

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Why this story matters for church leaders:

Technology can sometimes make church leaders too accessible, especially when they should be resting or at home with family.

  • Keeping Work “at the Office”: While pastors can’t keep everything at the office, how can they set up healthy barriers between themselves and the demands of ministry?
  • Setting Expectations: Sometimes it can help to set expectations for how soon someone can expect a reply. Most of the time a text message or email can wait.
  • Direct Elsewhere: If you prefer to receive messages in a particular place, consider creating an autoresponder to let others know how you prefer to reply to messages.

Is there a particular type of technology you use that tends to be particularly invasive or difficult to manage?

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