Workplace Stress and Technology
The latest trends in technology can be applied to improve the way we work and live. However, technology can be really stressful as well. Think about having benefits such as a company phone and laptop. For many employers, this means that you are available to work almost all of the time. Many people are expected to be available and they can now be very available with the use of technology (with or without a company’s phone and laptop).
Most of us ignore the stress and anxiety that we face on a daily basis. It seems that stress is almost a part of our jobs. What should we do about it? If we don’t recognize symptoms of stress and anxiety and if we don’t react, they can do us a lot of harm.
We should have limits in our lives when it comes to technology and being available after 5 pm. If we are expected to be available 24 hours a day, we need to change the expectations of our employers or even worse, our expectations. Sometimes, we are putting that pressure on ourselves.
If that seems like a scary thought to verbalize, you should appreciate and understand the importance of having piece of mind over any work.
Technology and Plastic Pollution
The explosion of plastic waste is an environmental emergency that we must deal with as soon as possible. There are beaches in the world where no human has ever set foot, but they are covered in our garbage. Most of it is plastic that comes from rivers where the garbage has been dumped, these beaches are usually in an industrial area. The future does not look bright when it comes to plastic pollution. It is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic waste in the ocean than fish.
We need a long-term solution and technology can help us with this. Luckily, we have some creative people who have the knowledge and who are ready to work on it.
Professor Thomas Maschmeyer had an idea of making plastic valuable enough for people to collect it. His idea might save the world from plastic pollution. His work is important and fascinating. His solution is technological which is already leading to a new kind of plastic recycling in the UK.
The technology is based on a catalytic hydrothermal reactor (Cat‐HTR), which is an idea originally created by Maschmeyer. The idea is developed through Maschmeyer’s start‐up company, called Licella.
The idea is strongly supported by the University of Sydney and by a highly skilled team of scientists, academics, entrepreneurs and engineers. Professor Thomas Maschmeyer said:
“People are excited by work that could make a real difference. With my students, sometimes we have to tell them to go home because they’re working too much.”
The Cat‐HTR process can recycle plastic and it can recycle mixed plastics which is often referred to as contaminated plastic. The mixed plastics are no longer accepted by the Chinese recycling industry since it’s so hard to deal with. You can find more HERE on innovative ideas on how to deal with plastic pollution.
New Technology Allows Man to Breastfeed a Baby
New technology coming from Japan is promising that fathers can have an active part in the breastfeeding process. It’s not crazy as it might sound.
The Father’s Nursing Assistant is developed by Japanese company Dentsu.
The Father’s Nursing Assistant is a wearable device in the shape of a woman’s breasts that can be worn by men and women as well. Although, the device will be used more by men.
According to a press release from the company:
“The amount of time infants in Japan spend sleeping is shorter compared to the rest of the world. Much of the parental stress and difficulties surrounding child rearing are related to feeding and sleeping, and generally, the rate of participation by fathers tends to be low.”
The company added,
“Focusing on breastfeeding, we aim to decrease the amount of burden on mothers and increase the amount of time infants sleep by enabling fathers to breastfeed. Based on advice from pediatricians and babysitters, who say that babies tend to touch the breast with their hands when feeding and that the softness seems to sooth them, the product has been shaped to resemble a woman’s breasts.”