This is Why the People Who Work At Your Company are So Unproductive
A few smart strategies that can be deployed:
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Real work, by definition, should be rare, valuable and cognitively demanding.
Email does not check any of these boxes, and is, therefore, a pseudo work.
Instead of the unstoppable email back and forth, using a collaborative tool or notion can lead to more productivity and fewer emails/notifications.
Setting specific times for employees to get into the deep work zone and establish certain rules that promote pure creative work is a great motivator and productivity enhancer.
If employees work just an hour doing one task, without any interruption, they will understand the benefits and will love to do more of the same.
If while working, we see an email or notification, it derails our focus even if we don't do anything about it.
An environment free of distractions, with no smartphone notifications, no ringing phones, no incoming email, facilitates deep work.
Most email falls in the category of other people trying to get you to do something.
And ideally, we shouldn't be spending so much time per day catering to other people's work priorities.
Text-based communication should have time-blocks: like an hour, twice a day, where we check and respond accordingly. It shouldn't be a constant activity.
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There are mainly two ways to communicate within a company: synchronous and asynchronous communication. While the second type has always been widely practiced, as face-to-face meetings or any other ...
While real-time communication inside of a team might lead to solving faster some issues, it also has various disadvantages.
For instance, having your colleagues come to ask you questions to which you feel pressured to answer on the spot leads to you being continuously interrupted, which results in being less productive and feeling stressed or even getting a burnout, as you try to do everything in proper time.
When the employees are provided with control as to when they are willing to communicate with their co-workers, there are many advantages that emerge.
For instance, having the freedom to decide exactly how your working day should look like leads to more satisfied employees as well as to better communication within the team. Further benefits vary from feeling less stressed due to better planning to greater transparency and more efficient work.
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Workers crave a sense of authentic connection with others and the best way to do that is by bringing people together in person. But it's not always a viable alternative.
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A co-located office develops its own personality through inside jokes, shared experiences, and a collaborative environment. A remote team needs to develop something similar.
Creating specific Slack channels based on interests and book clubs where the company funds the books are the easiest ways to do this for remote workers.
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Distraction at work has increased manifold. The reasons can be anything from shrinking office spaces, to open office culture that promotes 'visual noise' or even to push-notifications and instant m...
Most of our email is replied on the spot and has incomplete information, which leads to a lot of back and forth dialogue.
To minimize this, reply at a suitable time when you can provide sufficient details, clear action items, due date or deadline if any, and maybe an alternative.
We keep checking email, instant messages in our smartphones or office PC, and even social media, whenever we get the urge or any new notification.
Allotting specific times to check your phone's messages and email, like in a two to three-hour intervals, can boost your productivity by 40%.
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"The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive. "
When we react to every little thing that comes up at work, we lose focus and attention.
Counter this by scheduling extra time to complete a task, engaging in single-tasking, and set...
Stress is unavoidable, but we can create systems to decrease its influence over our capacity to work. These systems vary from person to person but they often include meditation, aerobic exercise (i.e. running, cycling, walking), surrounding yourself in nature, and eating healthfully.
When you know an upcoming project will generate stress, anticipate scheduling periods into your work plan to participate in the stress management activities that work for you.
Memorization doesn’t necessarily mean learning. The test for whether you understand a subject or not is the capacity you have to explain your subject or argument.
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Many of us are working longer hours than we should be just because we are wasting time on low-value activities.
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Having an active social life is crucial to your health. People who isolate themselves from others could increase their risk of death by about 50 percent.
If you have a busy life, schedule recurring social activities with your closest friends, monthly. Plan your work schedule around your social calendar instead of the other way around.
The key to finding the balance between work and health is learning how to cope with stress.
Get in the habit of stepping away from the stressful situation for a few moments to calm down and collect your thoughts: step away from the computer or spend a few minutes walking outside.
Knowledge workers aren't factory workers. There is no direct correlation between how much time they spend on the job and their output.
For knowledge workers, the 8-hour workday doesn’t make s...
The structure of most working environments punishes people for efficiency and rewards them for looking busy. We need to shift our focus from the number of hours spent on something to the quality generated.
To make a 3-hour workday feasible, design the right environment to make it possible.
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Plan your morning the night before and stick to your plan.
If a new task comes in that isn’t 100% urgent, designate a time that you’ll work on it uninterrupted or try to delegate the probl...
Don’t let your skepticism about productivity hacks get in the way of finding a technique that suits you and helps you get things done.
If you’re still having a hard time identifying priorities, try working backward by identifying work that’s definitely not a priority. Eliminate those items and assess what’s left.
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