Mal Fletcher

2030Plus is a London-based think tank on social change and leadership innovation, helping business, communities and individuals to deal proactively with future change. Chairman: Mal Fletcher, social futurist & commentator, keynote speaker & broadcaster.

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The Tyranny of Digital Shopper Anxiety

The Tyranny of Digital Shopper Anxiety Most of us know that the internet can be hugely distracting, but do we think about how much it plays on our emotions and anxieties - particularly at Christmas? If you believe the news reports and marketing hype, the pre-Christmas season is one of dark Fridays and web-manic Mondays. Until recently, Black Friday was to bricks-and-mortar stores what Cyber-Monday, is to their online counterparts. (Nowadays, more people do their shopping online across both days.) Projections last week suggested that shoppers across the UK would spend £5.6 billion on sales related to both.  The good news is that going into the Christmas sales season, fewer Brits said they intended to engage with these sales-fests than did so last year. In 2018, 62 per cent of adults said they planned to do so; this year the figure was down to 42 per cent. The change may be linked in part to the imminent general election. Still, the numbers of people invol... click here to read the full editorial
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Workplace Emails: Unhealthy?

Workplace Emails: Unhealthy? Comparing an email to a snail-mail letter, author Douglas Adams said: ‘It’s quicker, easier and involves less licking.’ Anyone who remembers what the world was like pre-email, will attest to the fact that it has made life easier on so many levels. But is email taking over more than its fair share of our lives, especially given our tendency to surrender private time to processing work-related missives? Today the University of Sussex in Britain released the results of a new study into whether workplace emails are harmful to most people. The study concluded that company bans on workers’ accessing business emails after hours could do more harm than good to employee wellbeing. While blanket bans, it said, could help workers achieve certain goals, they might slow the progress of other workers who prefer to set their own targets. The debate on the potential for out-of-hours email engagement to harm mental health and relationships has raged for some time. In 2017, th... click here to read the full editorial
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