Organizations struggle with an overload of information and a rapid pace of change. With the emergence of disorders such as Attention Deficit (ADD), various forms of Internet Addiction, and a range of disorders related to increased anxiety and a lack of control, we are challenged to reconsider the role certain culturally sanctioned technologies are playing in the disorganization of both our thoughts, and our behaviours. We demand organizations and individuals to be agile and able to move quickly in response to external pressures and rapid change. We are connected and interacting constantly with a barrage of information. The more individuals I come across the more the story is the same: professionals are feeling inundated and overstimulated. Yet we continue to push individuals and expect each other to do more, faster. Without proper limits and boundaries, and without adequate awareness and preparation, we can be stretched too far.
This is becoming more apparent in our workplaces, where the rapid pace of change, ambiguity, and turbulence can lead to anxiety, conflict, and overcome our adaptive capacity leading to a decline in creativity, a loss in productivity, and burnout. Neural networks are being stretched too thin. We need to be mindful of our employee’s psychological needs, and assist in creating workplaces that support reflection and creativity. We need organizations to become more aware of the psychological needs of their employees, and to consider both their minds and their brains. By creating healthy psychological workplaces, we can help to build resilience in employees so they can withstand rapid change and grow/thrive through it. Resilient individuals and organizations are flexible, and are able to adapt in a way that not only maintains their functioning, but also enhances it.