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How Computers Can Help Reduce Stress

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How Computers Can help Reduce Stress at Work and in Education

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Many will feel that computers and the advent of the always-on culture is a significant cause of stress in the workplace.

We know from the work of our workplace assessors that it is a growing cause of concern for employers - affecting the well-being of staff and leading to absenteeism and long-term sickness. We also know from our student services that it is a major source of concern in higher and further education.

However there are strategies and techniques that can help anyone use their computer to reduce stress and any associated mental health issues.

This session will illustrate to HR professionals, disability advisers, employers and students and employees how more effective use of computers can help people feel more organised in their work and study more effectively, which will reduce stress and prevent expensive workplace tribunal claims.

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How Computers Can Help Reduce Stress

  1. 1. Find these slides at www.slideshare.net/abilitynet More info: www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars How Computers Can Help Reduce Stress At Work and In Education AbilityNet Webinar 12 May 2015
  2. 2. Find these slides at www.slideshare.net/abilitynet More info: www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars How Computers Can Reduce Stress The causes and symptoms of stress • At work • In education • At home Getting organised • Calendars and reminders • Document management 2 Use the right tools • Mind mapping • Dictation • Outlook/organisers Adjust your computer • My Computer My Way Your questions and top tips
  3. 3. Find these slides at www.slideshare.net/abilitynet More info: www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars Welcome Pauline Beresford AbilityNet Mark Walker AbilityNet Robin Christopherson AbilityNet
  4. 4. Find these slides at www.slideshare.net/abilitynet More info: www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars Helping disabled people • At Home • At Work • In Education • On the Web My Computer My Way Tech4Good Awards AbilityNet Adapting Technology. Changing Lives.
  5. 5. Find these slides at www.slideshare.net/abilitynet More info: www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars Dealing With Stress
  6. 6. Find these slides at www.slideshare.net/abilitynet More info: www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars Cognitive Hierarchy 6 Executive Functioning Memory Concentration Fatigue & Mood (Stress)
  7. 7. Find these slides at www.slideshare.net/abilitynet More info: www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars Disabilities and Impairments For example • Dyslexia • Anxiety and depression • Brain injuries • Any disability 7
  8. 8. Find these slides at www.slideshare.net/abilitynet More info: www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars Working environment and equipment Many possible causes, such as: • Broken equipment • Cluttered workstations • Slow computers • Viruses • Wrong software • Computer not powerful enough • Challenging work environment • Background noise • Colleagues • Targets and work pressures • Exams and assignment deadlines • Family interuptions • etc 8
  9. 9. Find these slides at www.slideshare.net/abilitynet More info: www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars Making Reasonable Adjustments Not just an IT issue – technology is not the solution Employers have a responsibility Legal risks if they are not pro-active • Duty of care • Not specifically about disabled people • Could be linked to Equalities Act Reasonable Adjustments
  10. 10. Find these slides at www.slideshare.net/abilitynet More info: www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars Education HE/FE Disabled Student Allowances • Student Finance • NHS Bursaries • www.dsa-qag.org.uk Schools SEND Funding • Local charities • School SEN Coordinators • www.gov.uk
  11. 11. Find these slides at www.slideshare.net/abilitynet More info: www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars People with Impairments • Cognitive • Motor • Vision • Or any combination Productivity gains Convenience Think about mobile www.mycomputermyway.com Small changes can make a huge difference
  12. 12. Find these slides at www.slideshare.net/abilitynet More info: www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars Better Time Management • Outlook/Outlook Express or any Calendar System • Personal information management software: • Synchronised with a client’s Hotmail / Gmail / Yahoo / University account, enabling offline access to emails and calendar. • Tasks/to do lists. • EverNote: Notebook software and app 12
  13. 13. Find these slides at www.slideshare.net/abilitynet More info: www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars Useful productivity tools • Dictation software • Dragon • Built in options in desktop and mobile • OSX, Windows, iOS and Android • Mind mapping software • MindManager • Xmind • My StudyBar 13
  14. 14. Find these slides at www.slideshare.net/abilitynet More info: www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars Health management apps and services Lots of apps and wearable tech solutions • Monitor energy levels, sleep, heart rate, etc • Plan your day according to activities and energy levels • Stress-relief games 14
  15. 15. Find these slides at www.slideshare.net/abilitynet More info: www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars 15
  16. 16. Find these slides at www.slideshare.net/abilitynet More info: www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars Note-taking software Sonocent Audio Note Taker Helpful in lectures and meetings Help prep for your own presentations 16
  17. 17. Find these slides at www.slideshare.net/abilitynet More info: www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars Become an Outlook Super-User • Search for: “Outlook top tips for time management” • Microsoft site has lots of video-based examples • www.alison.com online courseware 17
  18. 18. Find these slides at www.slideshare.net/abilitynet More info: www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars Who it can help Alex • In his late 40s • Senior exec in a corporate environment • Recently returned to work after a minor stroke causing cognitive impairments AbilityNet recommended • Dictation software • Note-taking software • Time management tools • Mobile integration • Training
  19. 19. Find these slides at www.slideshare.net/abilitynet More info: www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars Who it can help Jill • Studying at University • Has dyslexia AbilityNet recommended • Notetaking software • Screen reader + dictation software • Mind mapping • Training
  20. 20. Find these slides at www.slideshare.net/abilitynet More info: www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars Training • Learn new tools • Hardware and software • Train the software • Adapt their workflow • Adapt their workplace
  21. 21. Find these slides at www.slideshare.net/abilitynet More info: www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars Adjust Your Computer. Change Your Life. www.mycomputermyway.com
  22. 22. Find these slides at www.slideshare.net/abilitynet More info: www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars Questions? … and your top tips! Next AbilityNet webinars Dealing with visual impairment in the workplace, 1pm, Tues 9th June Dealing with hearing impairment in the workplace, 1pm, Tues 7th July On Demand webinars available now Captioned video recordings and all slides All details at www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars
  23. 23. Find these slides at www.slideshare.net/abilitynet More info: www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars Contact Us sales@abilitynet.org.uk +44 (0)1926 465 247 @abilitynet Next AbilityNet Webinars Dealing with visual impairment in the workplace, 1pm, Tues 9th June Sign up at www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars

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