August 2018 Luncheon

August 2018 Luncheon


Smartphone Addiction & The Workplace: Its Impact On Employee Wellness & Productivity

Speaker: Michael Mercier

Credits: This program is being submitted for approval of recertification credits by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and for SHRM Professional Development Credit (PDC).


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Session Description and Speaker

Speaker: Michael Mercier

Topic: Smartphone Addiction & The Workplace: Its Impact On Employee Wellness & Productivity

Session Description:The issue of smartphone addiction exploded into the national consciousness in 2017 with a torrent of media coverage.
We learned that a large percentage of the population is addicted to their phones and that is by design - that Silicon Valley works with brain scientists and Psychologists to develop apps that are optimally addictive.
We also learned that research shows that smartphone addiction hurts us cognitively, socially, emotionally, and physically, and that it erodes workplace productivity.
In 2018 a backlash has formed against Silicon Valley and smartphone addiction. Individuals and institutions in every sector of society ---including corporations---are examining this problem for the first time, struggling to get a comprehensive perspective on it, and trying to figure out if there is any way they can address it.
Michael Mercier has developed a framework to help corporations think about how they can address this problem. In this presentation he will lay out the mechanisms of screen addiction, the compulsive behavior it generates, the negative consequences that these compulsive behaviors have on both workplace productivity and our personal lives, and a 3-pronged approach to addressing it that combines educating employees, setting reasonable rules and expectations, and transforming corporate culture.
Ponitz Conference Center, Building 12, Room 127
444 West Third St.
Dayton, Ohio 45402

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MVHRA Member: $19.00
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Non-Member Guest: $24.00
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MVHRA Student Member: $13.00
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Non-Member Student Guest: $19.00
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All meetings are held at The David H. Ponitz-Sinclair Center which is conveniently located in downtown Dayton.  Sinclair Center can be reached quickly and easily from nearby hotels and highways.

Directions to Sinclair Conference Center: Click for Map and Directions - The David H. Ponitz - Sinclair Conference Center

•Take the Third Street exit 53A off of I-75 (northbound or southbound)
•Turn right on Perry Street
•Turn right on Fourth Street, then right again into the underground parking garage beneath Sinclair Center
•Parking for the Sinclair Conference Center is at no charge (be sure to pick up your parking pass)

Thank you to our Luncheon sponsor!

When and Where

444 West Third Street
Date and Time
  • August 14, 2018
  • 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM