Over 27% of Swiss workers are stressed (in critical condition)

Over 27% of Swiss workers are stressed (in critical condition)

Over a quarter of Swiss employees are stressed to critical levels. In 2018 Health Promotion Switzerland (Gesundheitsförderung Schweiz / Promotion Santé Suisse) reported that the productivity loss caused by the critical stress levels costs CHF6.5 billion/year (USD 6.6 billion/year), or a full percent of Switzerland's GDP. Absenteeism (5.5%) and Presenteeism (15.6%) among the 16-24-year-old population are at 21.1%. Absenteeism is discussed much more often, even though absenteeism is three times higher.

Artificial intelligence could globally revolutionize health care—unless it destroys it

Artificial intelligence could globally revolutionize health care—unless it destroys it

Healthcare is the logical next step for the AI revolution. We agree with the article that especially with healthcare AI cannot be implemented freely and the so-coined Silicon Valley way. We strongly believe that for AI in healthcare to work and benefit the right stakeholders there is a need for doctors and therapists to be deeply included in the training and development of these algorithms, and later in controlling the systems, some systems might need very little control, and others need more. The amount of control highly depends on multiple facets, from the disease to the progression, and many more even what other alternatives there are to a particular patient. For example, it's better for a patient to get a pre-approved and tested AI to help than no help at all.

7 signs of health problems - 8 health habits, but definitely not burnout cures!

7 signs of health problems - 8 health habits, but definitely not burnout cures!

News outlets use the term burnout to generate a lot of clickbait, the now medically coined term burnout is popular and generates a lot of clicks. With this comes the dangers of these outlets publishing fluff articles to get users to click on the site and generate ad revenue for them. On the positive side these articles often give good lifestyle advice to healthy people on how to reduce the chance of getting ill, but if you are seriously already suffering from illness don’t think for one second that these recommendations will be the cure. Burnout (exhaustion depression) is a serious medical condition that can have dire consequences when not treated professionally.

Chatbot makes 660 million best friends

Chatbot makes 660 million best friends

Microsoft’s chat-robot XiaoIce [xiao ice], most popular in its Chinese version, has made a lot of friends. Its artificial intelligence (AI) responses are so advanced, many users prefer talking to XiaoIce than an actual human.

4 Science-Backed Ways to Prevent Burnout

4 Science-Backed Ways to Prevent Burnout

A Gallup survey found that on average Americans work 47 hours per week. Entrepreneurs frequently work more than that, which can lead to physical and emotional strain.

Starting a new business is exciting, but eventually, the honeymoon phase will be over. Daily stress and repetitive work will take over; everyday responsibilities can begin to wear one down and can become overwhelming.

If you start to notice symptoms such as chronic fatigue and exhaustion, irritability and decreased productivity, problems concentrating, and many more such symptoms, it may well be a sign of an early onset of burnout.

Why nearly 40 percent of employees are so burned out they want to quit

Why nearly 40 percent of employees are so burned out they want to quit

“Your best employee might be ready to quit” (Yahoo Finance).

A recent survey in the United States discovered that around 40 percent of employees are ready to quit because of burnout.

What was interesting is the reason why these employees want to quit, work-life balance isn’t even in the top three.

Stress: online searches for 'burnout' rise 50% since April

Stress: online searches for 'burnout' rise 50% since April

Online search results for “what is burnout” has risen 55% in Britain since April 2019. This increase may also have something to do with the fact that the WHO officially recognizes burnout an illness since April. People are also worried more if they have burnout symptoms, and they more frequently search for “burnout test” online. The problems have been there for longer, and the fact that people are starting to pay more attention is a good sign. We need to be aware of the symptoms to recognize the symptoms.

When Stress at Work Creates Drama at Home

When Stress at Work Creates Drama at Home

The Wall Street Journal Published an interesting article today about work stress in relationships, there are some coping tips which can help too. When couples live together and are under stress at work the most common situation is that both or one of the partners unload all their work stress on each other or the other partner. This phenomenon is common enough that it was coined the spillover effect by Sears. M et al.

There are different responses to which people default to when it comes to work stress, most men default to a fight-or-flight response, where they either start an argument or avoid the partner. Whereas most women cope with the tend-and-befriend response, taking care of offspring or talking to a third-party. Interestingly this causes more arguments in the relationship than the fight-or-flight response.

Gender and eHealth

Gender and eHealth

Certain factors today still limit eHealth’s full potential. The article argues that the factors are present for both genders, but in many countries, these factors have a bigger impact on women. The factors presented are: Macro-barriers, such as infrastructure, mostly the lack of broadband in rural areas. Personal barriers such as the cost of available infrastructure, often one needs a smartphone with mobile network subscription. Digital and health literacy, first people need to know how to use these IT systems. Next, they need to understand the health-related information, for example, is a blood pressure of 120 over 80 good or bad. Resistance to change, people tend to resist change for this people need to be motivated to accept new eHealth solutions, sadly the best motivator isn’t prevention, rather motivation arrives after the illness. Data collection, systems need to be built secure and need to ensure that they are secure and clearly state what the data will be used for and how and by who it will be accessed. The article argues that a gender-sensitive approach should be taken in the rollout to reach men and women equally.

We would argue that a gender-sensitive approach should already be considered at the product concept stage, what color and design is used, what language is used, how people navigate the interface, and so on.