We all wish that the environment we work in contributes to our productivity, helps towards being more organised and promotes good well-being.
However, it’s easy to get flustered when we constantly find ourselves trying to conquer that perpetual mountain of emails even with the most impeccable organisation skills. Or when our office cubicle starts to feel a little stifling as we stare at the browned copy of the internal office directory, desperately looking for some boost of energy and stimulus. Perhaps the culprit towards feeling lethargic is the sugary pain-au-raisin from the breakfast meeting.
HBR looks at ways we can improve efficiency by making a few but important changes to our work environment.
Engage your leadership team to help put a stop to using email for urgent and time-sensitive information. Ensure that your team knows that your emails do not require an immediate response, and that they can safely close their email or work offline when they need to focus and get important work done. Supporting single-tasking will help employees to feel less scattered and distracted, and therefore less stressed and more focused.