The concept of deep work has been long forgotten due to the arrival of latest technology and multitasking techniques. Deep work is a state of work where you are working to your maximum capacity without interruptions or distractions in between such as mobile messages or calls, meeting breaks, lunch breaks or other external hindrances. The state of deep work in employees improves productivity and thus drive a business into the right direction – success.
Employers are now trying to encourage the state of deep work within their company and employees to improve the efficiency and productivity of the employees. These are some of the ways employers can encourage deep work in their employees.
1. Decide On No Meeting Days
Meetings are a great way to discuss your progress with your manager and colleagues and get insights on your work and how to improve them. Effective communication is really beneficial for the business, but sometimes these meetings can also cause you to lose your concentration during work hours. Sometimes you are engrossed in your work and meeting at that time will cause you to lose the concentration and the understanding of the task.
So, encourage a no meeting day once a week or even for half a day, where employees get a chance to relax and work at their own pace without any distraction of a meeting. Give them the independence to work the way they prefer and where they prefer if it helps them get in the state of deep work.
2. Effective Communication Amongst the Co-Workers
In a company where there are employees of different habits and different backgrounds, they also have different capabilities and different state of deep work. They may all work differently and in their different capacity.
Sometimes, if one employee is concentrating on a task, he surely would not like an update on his task by another employee or even just a casual chat as this would cause him to deviate from his concentration span. Encourage your employees to email or message other employees if they want to get a report on a certain task or want to talk about something for their convenience. This way the employees can manage time and talks and communicate with each other without any disturbance.
3. Every Person Has Different Work Hours
Some people can work more effectively and efficiently in the night, while some in the day, and some in the afternoon. Know your employees’ best working hours and schedule their tasks accordingly as this would maximize productivity. People generally will be more efficient in the hours they can best work and concentrate on.
4. Give Your Employees Space
Sometimes the employees may be in a state of deep work and they get a call from the manager, they leave their work and attend the manager. This just disrupts the whole cycle of deep work.
To avoid this, give them space and time even if they cannot answer your calls on time or come to your room instantly. They are working for your company and they need space to work without disturbance.
Posted by Randy Blakeslee – GetnSocial