Technology Wellness in the Nonprofit Workplace

Problem Statement

Technology can either contribute to the common feelings of being stressed and overwhelmed in the nonprofit workplace or, if used consciously by teams and individuals, can nurture a culture of well-being and even reduce stress.

Many nonprofit professionals work on teams that rely on the use of the email, Internet, and their mobile phones to get their important work done. Unfortunately, it easy to develop unhealthy habits that lead to distraction and a loss of productivity. To thrive in an era of collaborative overload, nonprofit teams need to embrace technology wellness in their workplaces.

It isn’t about NOT using technology; it is about effective use of technology to support your team’s work. Based on The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout, the session helps participants reflect on their team’s current use of technology and identify opportunities to improve productivity, focus, and results.

The highly interactive session will share examples and insights from nonprofits that have successfully addressed technology wellness to create a culture of well-being in the workplace which contributes to high performance. This includes a look at technology policies, taking breaks, use of standing desks, walking meetings, health apps that can support workplace wellness initiatives, and much more.

Session participants will brainstorm in small groups about how they can encourage good practices in their offices.

Beth Kanter
The Happy Healthy Nonprofit
Master Trainer, Speaker, Author, and Blogger
Beth Kanter was named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company and is the author of the award winning Networked Nonprofit books and more recently The Happy Healthy Nonprofit. She is an internationally acclaimed master trainer and speaker, working in the nonprofit sector for over 35 years.

Aisha Moore

Gina Schmeling
Director of Individual Giving
Gina Schmeling is Director of Individual Giving at Hazon in New York City. Her work there supports sustainability, outdoor education experiences, and environmental stewardship with a Jewish lens. Gina has many years experience in data management and direct response (ACLU, WNYC), and ran her own consulting firm working with nonprofits on social media, development, and engagement. She is a distance runner, gadget enthusiast, and is learning about farming.