An efficient work-force is able to get things done safely and consistently. Unfortunately, staying on-task can be a challenge - especially when balancing personal and business priorities. Fortunately, there are ways to help your employees manage their time more effectively.
1. Invest in time and project management services – Many people plan their days in the morning. While this is not a bad thing, it often leads into a 24-hour mentality rather than an efficient use of time and energy. Fortunately, there are a variety of time management and project applications such as Todoist, Google Keep and Any.do that can eliminate the need for daily “to-do” lists while increasing employee-to-employee communication on projects.
These types of applications provide a venue for employees to organize their tasks over a period of time and collaborate with other project participants and departments. Employees are able to stay up-to-date on the status of other aspects of projects, keep customers informed and plan based on the needs of the company.
2. Discourage Multitasking – Many people pride themselves on the ability to multitask. However, studies have shown that multi-tasking is not real. Instead of focusing on more than one thing at once, the human brain is actually rapidly switching between the two tasks. Neither task receives the full focus. Instead of attempting to juggle a multitude of items, it is best to focus on a single task with full attention before moving onto the next item.
The “multi-tasking” mentality has become so ingrained in today’s culture that many employees may mistake their balancing of tasks as a benefit. Often, the ability to multi-task is looked on as a source of pride. It is important to present research dispelling this notion and train employees the value of focus.
3. Encourage Employees to Stay Onsite – Many employees will leave the campus during lunch or breaks in order to get food or run errands…especially banking. Providing an onsite ATM can offer a safe, easy cash and bank account access without the stress and dangers of traffic and long lines.
Onsite ATMs can bring additional benefits including financial institution partnerships and offerings. These often include special checking, savings and loan offerings as well as financial education and/or mentoring to help employees navigate personal financial landmines, plan for retirement and make other important financial moves.
Providing the appropriate tools and training is essential in creating a safe and efficient workplace. Onsite ATMs, time management training and project management services are just a few of the ways HR managers can offer guidance to employees.