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Time is not a measure of productivity

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Time is not a measure of productivity
Using principles from hourly work to define productivity in knowledge work has resulted in highly inefficient work conditions for many employees. Time is not a measure of productivity.

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The Perception Game Of Organizations

The Perception Game Of Organizations

Many managers and even entire organizations perceive employees who spend more time working at the desk, coming early and leaving late from work, as sincere, dependable and hard-working.

Managers expect workers to show their face in ‘work-mode’ at the desk, using the principle of hour-based productivity. This observational activity of managers ‘clocking’ their employee’s desk time, no matter what the level of productivity is, is called Passive Face-Time.

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Time Measurement Vs Time Management

Productivity does not come from sitting idle at the office for hours.

Employees who are able to manage their time well and have a great work-life balance are more productive and should be valued over a person spending a lot of time in office but achieving little.

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Stop Using Time As A Productivity Measure

  1. Avoid unnecessary meetings, as many meetings could be some form of excuse for the organizer to look busy and productive.
  2. Have clearly-defined productivity goals, instead of filling up calendars to have an illusion of productivity, while being busy just for the sake of it.
  3. Many repetitive tasks can be delegated, automated or even avoided.
  4. The Pareto Principle, also known as the 80/20 rule, tells us that 80 percent of our success will come from 20 percent of our efforts.
  5. Protect your time and practice mindful time-blocking to take care of important tasks.

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  • Lack of face-to-face supervision, which leads to a two-way communication gap and even mistrust.
  • There is a delay in the procurement of information as remote workers aren’t able to sense the atmosphere and real-time events at the workplace, leading to a lack of ‘mutual knowledge’.
  • A sense of isolation among remote workers, leading to a feeling of less belongingness within the organization.
  • Distractions at home due to unplanned work-from-home transition, with employees balancing childcare and many other responsibilities along with work.

Improving Engagement And Productivity

A few specific, research-backed steps that can be taken to improve the engagement and productivity of remote employees:

  • Establishing Structured Daily check-ins, by establishing a daily call or touchpoint.
  • Providing several different communication technology options, using virtual communication tools like Slack, Zoom, Microsoft Teams etc., and making use of video conferencing.
  • Establishing clear rules of engagement for communicating with the coworkers or the managers, according to the levels of urgency.
  • Providing opportunities for remote social interaction by talking about non-work activities, thereby reducing the feeling of isolation among remote workers.
  • Offering encouragement and emotional support by listening to the workers, acknowledging their stress, and keeping their needs and issues in focus.