Technology is making it increasingly easy for us to work way beyond the 9-5. With smartphones, computers, and apps at our fingertips, we’re able to maintain a constant connection to our work. In theory, these tools should make our workdays shorter and more efficient, but constant distractions and the inability to disconnect can lead to longer work hours and less to show for it.
As opposed to being absent from work, presenteeism leads to employees having lower productivity while at work. This can lead to burnout, unhappiness and increased health issues, which end up impacting both company and employee negatively in the long run. In a Harvard Business Review study of 27 CEO’s over three months, time management proved the greatest challenge for most, while email usage was the top interrupter of the day. Leaders in the same study spent 72% of their time in work meetings, with the average meeting length being one hour.
One of the biggest time wasters for employees is a distraction at work. Around 60% of employees say meetings are a big distraction that impacts productivity ultimately leading to longer hours spent working.Poor health and increased stress levels are often consequences of work addiction.
Team Work: For a team to grow successfully, it’s important to attract and retain talented employees, delegate effectively, and trust them to perform tasks without you. This will free up time for you to focus on other areas of the business such as strategy and growth.
Limit Distractions: Shorten meetings, set dedicated working times where people can focus and create a culture of face to face interaction rather than using email.
Digital detox: Limit time spent online by consciously logging off of your work email and putting your phone away during weekends and on holiday. Set the tone in your organisation by normalising the fact that employees don’t have to adopt an always-on attitude.
Each morning set the structure for the rest of your day. Prioritise setting the tone for the hours to come every morning. When planning out your day, stick to a realistic to do list of no more than a few tasks at a time.