Being Responsive 24/7: Good or Bad?
Does you boss (or worse yet do you) send emails on weekends and evenings? Is there an expectation that you will get right on it?
How's that working out for you? Maybe feeling a bit burnt out or perhaps even resentful or cranky? Maybe your team spirit and creativity is low or perhaps abysmal?
The folks at Harvard Business Review (HBR) advise that leaders should take a hard look an always on work environment. I believe this applies, perhaps even more so, to small business owners.
For a business of any size to grow and flourish in our rapidly changing environment keeping in constant communication seems
like a necessity. But is it? Does banging out a less than considered late night response make strategic sense?
Maura Thomas, an international speaker and trainer on productivity, attention, and effectiveness suggests we all focus on attention management
and set aside time management
which is often being ill used to generate a draining mult-tasking 24/7 mentality.
No big surprise she emphasis the benefits of presence
. That means putting away all devices in meetings to promote single-tasking and full engagement.
Can you do it? I know it's sound advice but my hand is twitching to reach for my Nexus just thinking about it!
This all resonates with me and I am resolving to spend the next month changing my habits. I already knew my late night emails don't stand up in the light of day. I'll need to re-set a few folks but they'll understand. Next month, I'll let you know how it's working out.
HBR Article by Maura Thomas: https://hbr.org/2015/03/your-late-night-emails-are-hurting-your-team #singletasking #presence #productivitytips