Achieving more with limited time
The financial markets may demand a 90 day financial reporting cycle but successful businesses remain focused on only delivering quality products and services when they are ready to do so.
To sustain high performance it is important to ensure that the vision of the business drives us to achieve daily targets and medium term goals. Our vision should in essence shape our agenda on how we deliver customer satisfaction.
We all have the same 24 hours a day to achieve our vision for success. So how do businesses achieve success in line with their vision? The answer: Invest in getting quality time from team members.
When we are tired, we should rest, rejuvenate and re-energise. Sufficient sleep and rest recharges the body and mind for peak performance.
It is how well we spend our time performing our task that translates into productive worth. For productivity we need people with the knowledge, skills and drive to do the job. Assembling a team with the right specialist skills is the best guarantee we can have for getting quality time.
Energising The Team
Energy is the capacity to perform work. The human body and mind work best when in a high energy state. A technology company CEO is fond of saying that he expects his team to not put in overtime. He insists on having fresh minds in the morning that stay highly focused on designing the complex software required by large corporate clients.
When we work continuously without appropriate breaks the psychological destressing mechanism of fight or flight can kick in and create pressures that lower productivity. Investing in promoting the wellness of individuals in the team can boost performance and contribute to increased productivity.
To sustain long term team focus on creativity, many technology companies have designed work places that resemble university campuses. Such architectural spaces are designed to create a relaxing yet uplifting environment that promotes paradoxically both relaxation and productivity.
Technology companies teach us how to create business campuses that stimulate minds to work as highly creative teams with shared values.
There are technology companies that provide a variety of work spaces such as sitting areas with sofas and coffee tables; dining rooms with home style décor; café corners; open clusters for relaxed interaction; quiet rooms and formal meeting rooms. Staff can choose the work space in which they would like to work in.
An eye specialist has turned his waiting room into a mini art gallery. Patients find the wait experience extremely relaxing and the staff are uplifted emotionally to a point where productivity has improved significantly.
Many large corporations now invest in wellness activities for staff that increases their energy levels. Activities such as games, healthy eating challenges, timeout for human interaction and social conversations during the work day promote health and energises individuals. The result is better work performance.
The more leaders show appreciation and genuine concern for individuals in their team the more these individuals will strive to perform to the best of their abilities. A business that celebrates the achievements of individual team members tend to perform better over the long term. For sustained productivity invest in the people who work for and with your business.
Leadership is all about creating positive high energy relationships. To achieve this, highly competitive leaders review work practices regularly in order to boost productivity with high energy initiatives.
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