New research from Microsoft Surface reveals how 'productivity anxiety' is overwhelming Brits as society starts to resurface from restrictions
LONDON, Nov. 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --
As we head into this year's much anticipated festive period, Brits are more anxious than ever, according to new research released by Microsoft Surface. Two thirds of us (63%) are currently at the point of 'stress overload' with 'productivity anxiety' reaching significant highs (42%), and 61% reporting that this feeling has increased since the easing of restrictions. No longer working exclusively from home, many are struggling to get as much done - 42% feel as though they aren't able to keep on top of their to-dos, whilst 40% often feel guilty for not fulfilling all of their commitments across their personal and work-lives.
For many, the feeling of productivity anxiety is routed in their relationship between achievement and perfectionism. The research also revealed that almost three quarters (72%) of Brits are showing signs of unhealthy perfectionism. Gen Z reporting the highest levels of this (89%), closely followed by Millennials (84%) and Gen X (74%), and more than half (51%) of millennials now dread the day ahead 'most nights of the week'.
So to help understand and overcome this underlying feeling of productivity anxiety, and to mark the launch of the new Surface Duo 2, Microsoft has partnered with leading UK chartered psychologist Dr Rajvinder Samra and qualified psychotherapist Joshua Fletcher (@AnxietyJosh). Together they will provide a set of tips, tricks and other resources to help people turn down the pressure they put on themselves and develop a healthier, more balanced relationship with productivity.
"As restrictions have eased there is a sense of optimism and excitement for the upcoming festivities and getting back to old routines. However, there is clearly an underlying anxiety rooted in productivity weighing in the backgrond for many of us." says Joshua Fletcher, a psychotherapist who specialises in issues around anxiety management. "By partnering with Microsoft Surface, I want to help people unlock some of the tools that they have at their disposal right now that are designed to help them to unfold a healthier, more sustainable relationship with productivity. What's more, it's important we use technology to help us, by supporting a reset, establishing clearer boundaries, reducing our daily cognitive load - and by making the most of the time available to us."
Managing Productivity Anxiety: Dr Raj and Anxiety Josh's top tips
And there are other relatively simple fixes that can help. Whilst half of Brits (49%) use technology to recover from daily stresses, and the same time use it to help them be more productive (51%), only 34% use it to reinforce their boundaries (e.g. do not disturb settings and calendar blocks). Kate Wright, Microsoft UK and Ireland Consumer Devices Director, says Microsoft has a role to play in helping people unfold a healthier, more sustainable relationship with productivity;
"The research shows that there's a vital need for us to kick start a conversation about the productivity trap, what it is and how we can help people navigate through it. Technology can play an important role here – it can be used to reconfigure new routines, set new boundaries and truly support productivity. Our new dual screen device, Surface Duo 2, is designed for just that – to help users lighten their load and boost their productivity. Studies have shown that people see up to a 42% boost in productivity when they use two screens versus one "
The all-new Surface Duo 2 was built for this new hybrid world and redefines what a productivity device should look and feel like, making it a true partner to help you be more productive and achieve more.
FIVE WAYS THE DUO 2 CAN HELP YOU HAVE A HEALTHIER RELATIONSHIP WITH PRODUCTIVITY
Go to the Microsoft News Centre to find out more about reducing productivity anxiety, see more from experts Dr Rajvinder Samra and Anxiety Josh and learn more about the Microsoft Surface Duo 2 device.
NOTES TO THE EDITOR:
About Dr Rajvinder Samra
Dr Rajvinder Samra is an academic and a Chartered Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society, with an educational background in Occupational Psychology and a PhD in Applied Psychology. Her research interests focus on the mental aspects of work, extending to the psychological, social, and structural factors that enhance or disrupt work performance. She is trained in occupational psychological testing related to ability and personality in the workplace. She also investigates the mental wellbeing of individuals in educational and professional environments to promote better mental health and recovery strategies.
About Anxiety Josh
Anxiety Expert Joshua Fletcher is a psychotherapist and best-selling author specialising in self-help for anxiety disorders. He is also known as @anxietyjosh on social media, where he runs a popular instagram page.
About the research
The research was conducted by Censuswide on behalf of Microsoft, using?2007?UK adults, between 22nd October – 28th October 2021
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