Choice is the only tool we have for achieving fulfilment in life1.
There are certainly other factors that contribute to life fulfilment, but this certainly helps reinforce the importance of choice.
When talking about technology in the workplace, it’s not often tied to a discussion about life fulfilment or mental health. But if leaders pay more attention to their employees’ emotions and wellbeing, they can pick up some very good indicators that will help them realise how the choice of technology in the workplace can affect an employee’s state of mind. Motivation, creativity, productivity, and economics can all be affected.
The estimated costs to the global economy due to mental health issues is US$ 1 trillion per year2. Each year, 12 billion working days will be lost to mental health3. As a comparison, back-pain accounts for around 264 million lost work days4.
Mental health problems in the workplace have serious effects not only for the individual, but also for the productivity and competitiveness of any organisation. For these reasons, it is now a priority for organisations to care for the mental health of their employees as a mechanism to mitigate organisational risks and costs.
When a new employee is given the choice of a Mac™, it makes the employee feel happier. And given a choice, 75% would choose Mac5.
Their happiness comes from the familiarity of the Mac consumer experience, and the feeling that it works like it does at home, that it doesn’t go wrong. They like the design and feel. Everything contributes to a “feel good” factor for those employees.
With the visual presentation of a brand-new Mac, Apple™ expresses a high level of care for the user’s aesthetic emotions. It gives the user a sense of self-worth. It also seems that the Mac experience gives users an ego boost. It is a compliment to their finer taste and appreciation. Many Mac users describe that they experience a love for their computers. It’s like a sense of belonging, shared with an invisible collection of mutual appreciators.