People go to work and have work moments…the day is shredded to bits with interruptions, meetings, etc. The day ends and you feel you got nothing done.
How can we expect people to work well (do great work), if they are interrupted all day.
People need long stretches of uninterrupted time to get stuff done or come up with ideas (for creatives).
This TED Talk by Jason Fried lists three suggestions to make the office a better place to get work done:
- No Talk Thursdays – it could be any day of the week. If that is too much, how about a 1/2 day. No one can talk to each other for that 1/2 day.
- Switching from active communication methods to passive communication methods. Not in person or webex, but via email and instant message – but also allow people to not respond right away and allow people to turn off these passive communication methods off for periods during the day. Allow employees to be interrupted at times of their own choosing.
- Just cancel that next meeting. Don’t move it…just cancel it. Things will be just fine and employees can focus on getting real work done.