In 1946, the World Health Organization defined health as: "a state of complete physical, mental, and socialwell-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." Until now, no one has defined this third dimension to health, or described strategies to deliver it. This ground-breaking book is the first to do so.
Twenty-five years after the arrival of the Internet, we are drowning in data and deadlines; we can never have imagined that our daily intake of information and achieving a healthy balance in our personal and professional lives could feel so complex and so unhealthy. In recent years, organizations have come a long way towards promoting health literacy (on obesity, smoking, diet, and exercise) and some way in acknowledging mental health issues. But acknowledging the challenges of the Internet and social media on employee and workplace health is the social element, and most have not yet begun to offer solutions around either better information and knowledge management, or developing better and more sustaining relationships.
The challenges, threats, and opportunities of a "perma-connected" global economy and society could not be greater—and they will only increase. This is the first book to define what social health means in both society and the modern workplace. Here, Julia Hobsbawm argues that developing social health will help employees become more efficiently engaged with each other and their work, and help employers to create workplaces that support social health and thus greater productivity.
"A great read, which provides fascinating insights into how connectivity is changing our lives and how we can thrive in a Fully Connected world."—Ian Goldin, Professor of Globalisation and Development at the University of Oxford
"Our social networks are both huge opportunities and lurking dangers, depending on how we manage them. Julia Hobsbawm’s stellar new book, Fully Connected, pinpoints their pervasive effects on what and who we know, what jobs we get, our political views, our health and well-being, and more—and then tells us to improve our social health. A must-read for individuals and policy makers alike."—Professor Herminia Ibarra, INSEAD
"Julia Hobsbawm reminds us that social media and social networks are about human connections not technology. She wants us to see that stilling the shrill voices of tech will connect us better."—Stephan Chambers, The Marshall Institute, London School of Economicst
"Explaining her ideas through stories from the news and her personal experiences, Hobsbawm poses that individuals must be connected, without being overconnected, to many layers of community. Managing our connectedness is the key to our unique social health. While the author does include some advice on this management, her focus is on helping her readers comprehend their own situations."—Rick Roche, Booklist
"[Hobsbawm's] detail-rich writing is strong and convincing; this is more of a meditation on connectedness than a prescriptive approach to achieving it, but Hobsbawm’s thoughtful exploration is refreshingly low on tech panic and high on insight."—Publishers Weekly