Although technological advances provide immense benefits to our workforce and society, the typical “screen sucking” of electronic devices can cause distractions. As there is so much available information that can put employees are in a constant state of mental gridlock, it is important to recognize ways to combat this development. As such, managing attention and deterring distraction is a huge focus in Workplace Trends for the Staffing Industry.
Fortunately, innovative studies have determined the basic elements of distraction and ways to help manage employee’s attention.
Energy- This is an evident component to focus as workers require sufficient energy to sustain attention to tasks. Fast Company recommends monitoring energy supply to ensure alertness and productivity. For example, advise employees to minimize other distractions by focusing on specific tasks intently before taking short breaks to keep alert focus.
Emotion- Emotional state plays a part in aptitude for learning and focus. Although this component is typically ignored, it has been a proven neurological fact that working in an environment with high trust and low fear will benefit a worker’s performance. Therefore, promoting a positive and open work environment that allows for personal growth can improve employee focus.
Engagement- In order for a worker to succeed, they must be interested in their duties. This comes into play for staffing agencies as improper placement can result in low interest and therefore, low focus. As engagement comes naturally with motivation and interest, this component is critical for employee focus. Three criteria spheres should overlap when placing a potential candidate: What do they like to do? What are they good at doing? How can these interests translate to a paid position?
Structure- The daily structure of an employee’s day can contribute to their focus level. For example, simple strategies such as organizing tasks, creating boundaries, prioritizing time, regulating how many breaks are taken, etc. can improve focus.
Control- On average, workers waste an estimated 150 minutes per day due to lack of focus. While this lost time is unintentional, it can still be avoided. Experts recommend concentrating on controlling focus and putting efforts and attention into productive tasks. Professional assessments can be taken to evaluate the employee’s personal style to ensure the employee combats distractions effectively.
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