There's No App for Minimizing Distractions

Linda Dulye's picture

Distracted2In today's workplace there are plenty of distractions, too, many of them of the digital variety: phone calls, email, text messages, Angry Birds, you name it.

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

  • Focus. Improve your chances of sending a successful message by making staff meetings iPhone-free zones.
  • Simplify. 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 phone to check an incoming message, don't answer your office phone. When people see that you give them your undivided attention, they'll begin to do the same.


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