• strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/dulye/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 906.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/dulye/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 0.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home/dulye/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 0.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/dulye/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_style_default.inc on line 0.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/dulye/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 0.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/dulye/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 0.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/dulye/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 906.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_boolean_operator::value_validate() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::value_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/dulye/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter_boolean_operator.inc on line 0.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/dulye/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 906.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/dulye/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 906.

Managing the Distracted Worker

Linda Dulye's picture
Categories:

Workers today have lots on their mind: the economy, their job security and concerns on the home front. In the workplace there are plenty of distractions, too, many of them of the digital variety: phone calls, email, voicemail, text messages, IM, you name it.

The good news is that managers can break through this clutter and keep their teams focused.

  • Clear the digital clutter. Improve your chances of sharing a message successfully by making staff meetings BlackBerry-, cell phone- and pager-free zones.
  • Keep it simple. It would be nice to think that employees drop everything, clear their minds and give our email, hallway chat, phone call 100 percent of their attention. But they won’t. That’s why we need to keep our communications crisp, simple and actionable.
  • Reinforce. Take a few seconds to send a follow-up email about that conversation. Do it in a way that reinforces or builds on what you discussed.

Finally, set the example. If you’re talking with a team member, don’t glance down at your BlackBerry to check an incoming message, don’t answer your office phone. When employees and colleagues see that you give them your undivided attention, they’ll begin to do the same.

Comments

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.