Productivity and Focus
There are only so many hours in the day, yet there always seems to be so much to do; too much to do. Getting your teams meeting the demand and increasing their productivity can be a real challenge. So many businesses have workforces running dangerously close to burn out as they try and manage increasing workloads. So how can we support them to increase their productivity and get more done?
There are generally two answers proposed to this question, the first, beloved by many managers, and promoted by American management techniques from the 1940s onwards, has been to increase the hours worked. The idea is obvious and simple; more equals more, more hours means more productivity, except that all the data in over a hundred studies by leading institutions proves that it doesn’t. Working more hours will increase productivity for only a short period of time, typically no more than a couple of weeks. Then productivity rapidly drops back, until no more is being achieved than was at the original hours. The second option is the one promoted by what are consistently the most productive nations on the planet, countries like Denmark and Sweden. There, if you consistently work long hours you’re likely to be kindly demoted back to a role which you can do within your assigned work hours. You get no promotions for working overtime in Lego or Volvo!
How can this be? It comes down to one word: Focus. By ensuring that the hours worked by your teams are worked with focus you maximise the results in that time and thereby more gets done in less time. Some of the aforementioned studies have shown that typical, average productivity can be boosted by up to 280% if optimum focus can be achieved, that’s the equivalent of someone on seven and a half hours a day working twenty-one hours a day, without working a minute of extra time! Now that’s exceptional and assumes someone doing everything right, but increasing personal and team productivity by fifty percent is absolutely achievable by any businesses with a little effort.
The key things to implement for your team are:
If your team do all of these things consistently their focus and concentration will improve and with it their effective productivity.
One executive we know went from working 18-21 hour days, and being on the edge of burn-out, to working strict a 8 hours a day or less and yet increased his productivity to the highest levels of his career, assessed not by himself but by his CEO and colleagues. Concentrating on focus to boost your productivity is great for the company, your clients and you, giving everyone a less stressful working environment and more time for things that are important outside of work as well as inside.
If you would like to speak to someone about productivity and focus training for your workforce please get in touch.