How to manage an ever increasing workload
An excessive workload is the most common reason given for work related stress, early resignation and absenteeism. Believing that poor performance and low productivity is caused purely by poor time management is to over simplify the issue and miss the point. What employees need is a comprehensive range of skills and support to survive and thrive in the ever changing landscape of work today. If employers want their staff to be at their most productive and meet the increasing demands placed upon them they need to take a fresh look at what constitutes competency and produces peak performance. By increasing the practical skills of individual they can overcome the barriers affecting productivity and preventing employees achieving their best.
Getting Rid of the Productivity and Performance Gremlins
Sometimes, we find that we cannot deliver on our workload, not because of a lack of skills or competence, but because entrenched thinking, unhelpful habits or beliefs get in our way. With increasing demands on organisations to deliver ever more challenging targets, and increased pressure on individuals to perform, peak performance is vital.
However, simply putting more pressure on employees to perform without giving them effective support runs the risk of causing dangerous levels of work-related stress or increasing absenteeism (or presenteeism), resulting in burn-out or losing your best talent.
This 90-minute workshop looks at what exactly contributes to or hampers our performance and how we can overcome these barriers to achieve greater productivity and job satisfaction.
Using Time Successfully
Often it is not the time we have for our work that is the problem but what we actually do with that time. When we have to squeeze a pint into a quart pot it is imperative to be organised and on track. The search for a more productive workday has lead to a certain misconception about what productivity really is. Truly productive people aren’t focused on doing more things; this is actually the opposite of productivity. It is about doing the right things in the right way by prioritising and making the most of our time – after all doing the wrong thing 100% perfectly is still 100% waste of time!
This 90 minute workshop will look at very practical tools and techniques that can be used to prioritise and plan the working day to get the most out of the time available.
Developing Great Habits
We all have habits, some of them more helpful than others. But often we are not aware of them or how they may be holding us back Habits such as procrastination, self interruption and perfectionism which can seriously disrupt and drain our time and energy.
This 90-minute workshop will look at what are habits, how are they formed and how can we begin to build more helpful habits. It will also explore the concept of ‘busy work’ versus ‘real work’ and how to recognise when we think we are working but we are not really being effective or efficient.
How to Focus and Manage Disruptions
More than time, a lack of focus can ruin the best of plans and seriously hamper progress. Focus is a skill than can be learned like any other so that we can make the most of our time and manage inevitable workplace distractions. Interruptions can be tiring and a serious cause of frustration and low achievement.
In this 90-minute workshop we look at how to improve our focus and recognise and management interruptions – including self interruption.
Taking Control of Email
The average employee spends at least 26 hours a week dealing with emails and they can be a drain on our time and our energy. Constant checking of emails is disruptive and interferes with our focus and they can be a major cause of stress. Yet most of us have never been taught how to deal effectively with emails and reduce the time spent on them.
In workshop we look at our attitude and drive to spend so much time on emails and how we can reduce this time by introducing some simple but effective techniques.
Managing Digital Technology
The greatest challenge of our age is to not only live connected with one another through technology, but to do so in ways that are beneficial to our wellbeing and effective in our work. To take advantage of the benefits of social media, employers are encouraging staff to become involved more than before. However, constant connectivity risks information overload, leaving staff feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and out of control. This affects physical and mental health; leading to increased absenteeism and disengagement.
So, although technology is now essential to our lives, we need to take a careful approach to how we interact and use technology to help drive our lives. Otherwise it will feel like technology is driving us.
In this workshop we look at how you use technology in ways that are helpful and healthy for you.