Nomophobia. Ever had that moment when you’ve left the house and are on your way to your destination when you suddenly realize you left your mobile device on the hallway table, or plugged in and charging on the kitchen counter? Yeah, that moment when your palms and brow break out in a sweat, or your heart starts to beat faster, or your anxiety level goes up (or all of the above!). I mean, what if someone tries to call you while you’re out, or if you need to look up something on Google, or an important email comes in? How will you cope?!
Okay, sure, I write this a little tongue-in-cheek, but also because it’s not that unusual, it’s happened to the best of us. What may surprise you though is that this is actually a thing – it has a name – nomophobia (no mo-bile phobia). It is a real condition, described as the irrational fear of being without your mobile phone or being unable to use your phone for some reason, such as the absence of a signal or running out of minutes or battery power. And recent research out of HEC Montreal indicates that nomophobia can lead to chronic stress and reduced job performance.
So what should leaders do?
So what should a leader do to mitigate the negative effects of nomophobia? Well, I can think of two directions to pursue. Continue reading