How To Better Manage Our Time and Focus Attention

27 Jul 2021

How much time do you think you’ve wasted at work over the years? 

Did you really need to be in the office that day, or has it been one of those days when nobody’s achieved much? 

Look at the weather outside… shouldn’t you be out enjoying it with family or friends rather than being stuck inside doing very little of actual value?

We’re not proposing a ‘Slacker’s Charter’ here. On the contrary, are you performing to a high level every day at work? Or are you allowing other distractions to disturb your focus, leading to sub-optimal delivery?

These are the kinds of questions that both employees and employers should be asking themselves in a world totally transformed by remote ways of working and lessons learned during the pandemic.

And it just so happens that we have some great answers…

Why Are We Here?

If you find yourself asking the question “Why do I work here?” on a regular occurrence, chances are that you aren’t feeling fulfilled.

You must have had a reason for taking on this role with this company in the first place, so what’s happened to that enthusiasm and passion?

Ah, but if you look at it from a different perspective, what has your manager or organisation done to keep you motivated and inspired? That’s right, we’re not letting managers and companies off the hook with this one.

Companies which fail to inspire employees by reminding them of their Vision or presenting it in fresh new ways only have themselves to blame when staff morale and performance levels drop.

 

Team Management

Managers and decision-makers can keep abreast of how people are feeling about work and whether the organisation is living up to its vision by using the Tribe 365 app.

Tribe 365 is a Culture Engagement tool and world-first app which improves organisational culture by:

  • Tangibly measuring it
  • Empowering employees to give honest, anonymous feedback based on their daily experiences of being at work

Companies can then use the data and insights recorded on the app to help inform decisions that positively impact on the work environment and team performance.

Being At It 100%

Following on from the above, if you or your staff don’t 100% believe in what you’re doing or aren’t giving it your all, you may as well not be there.

And we’re not being flippant, either. 

When people completely believe in what they’re doing, their passion will shine through and performance levels will go through the roof. 

Team Effectiveness

So, what’s putting you or your teams off their game?

One key principle that you must constantly follow when creating and maintaining high performing teams is ‘checking that everyone is ok at all times’. Do they believe in what they’re doing? Do they agree with the direction the team is taking a project in?

And if they don’t, get them to speak up and tell you and the rest of the team why. In order to get the honesty the team needs, you need to make sure the team environment is a supportive one where people listen to one another and their concerns. 

It’s not about encouraging disruption – it’s actually about creating balance in the team and mutual trust. If someone isn’t ‘feeling it’ or has too much work on, they need to tell the team, so that something can be done to help them.

Having a well-balanced team will keep stress levels at an absolute minimum and workloads even.

Managing Our Conditions

Each of the tips or high performance principles we share here are interlinked, and we offer no apology for that! It’s about developing and maintaining great behaviours over time.

And, so, continuing on from the point about people needing to feel 100% while they’re at work, let’s acknowledge that people are only human and have other things going on in their lives that will distract them.

What’s the point of physically being at work if your mind is elsewhere? The simple fact of the matter is that we will only perform to a high level – in whatever we are doing – if we are 100% focused on the matter at hand. 

Team Performance

We are therefore passionate advocates of the idea that staff should be strongly encouraged to go and deal with whatever it is that’s distracting them, whether it be something to do with their mental health, a family issue or whatever. 

If you create a balanced and supportive team environment that will pick up a person’s tasks while they’re away dealing with their distractions, that same person will come back into work raring to go and focusing 100% on their work. 

Why wouldn’t they, when the environment is so fair and conditions are managed so well? 

Be Operationally Honest

Honesty is at the heart of everything a high performing team does. If we’re not honest, we have nothing.

Not honest in terms of telling someone that their hair looks awful or anything like that: honest in regards to tackling issues or potential disruptions before they have a chance to become a big problem.

A high performing environment requires people that are willing to speak up to tell the team when:

  • They’re not feeling 100% and therefore need to step away for a few days to regather themselves
  • They don’t believe in the direction a project is going in
  • They foresee an obstacle ahead
  • They feel that something is awry in any way 

And the vital thing is that all of these things are shared in a calm and stable way to completely minimise or even eliminate disruption.

Tribe 365 – The High Performing Team Experts

The focus of all our work is to simplify the messages around how to develop environments that individuals and High Performing Teams can truly thrive in.

High Performing Team Experts

Digital is at the heart of our approach, and plays a key role in ensuring everyone at any level of an organisation can get involved with and become invested in the high performance journey.

Our world-first app is a perfect example of our digitally-led proposition and levels up our service delivery by:

  • Giving our clients’ employees the ability to anonymously give their employers honest, crucial and actionable daily feedback about the organisation’s culture

These crucial insights enable employers to introduce improvements that lead to high performance, greater productivity and more profit.

Interested in learning more? Give Oliver, Dan or Holly a call on +44 (0) 1325 734847 or email team@tribe365.co with your questions.

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