Not getting it all done?? Thoughts on Productivity, Priorities, and Performance
A recent survey of 3,000 people who work and manage a home as well revealed some very interesting findings. The last year and a half have created a whole new work/home environment with unique challenges and stressors. I’ve noticed that demands on people have gone up to maintain the same level of productivity at home and work as compared to a few years ago. We are working harder but the fruits of our labor aren't necessarily sweeter.
A recent survey research project of 3,000 people revealed some very interesting findings that we can all learn something about. While overall hours worked during the pandemic increased, including a rise of 18% outside "normal" work hours. Average output at work declined slightly, thus productivity at work for most people fell 8-19%. People are having to work longer and harder to manage the same level of productivity at work they had pre-pandemic.
One thing the study answered is the question "can work/home models work for people’s lifestyles?". The answer is a resounding yes. Work from home models work is preferred by employees. Albeit, the lack of social interaction is decreased and understood. Some of the benefits of working more from home are less commuting time, less “cooler talk” (focusing more on the tasks at hand), and more time at home for mental and physical health exercises.
In this article, I will outline 3 of the key findings of the research on productivity and its application in our lives.
1. High performance is dependent on the right environment. Showing up and being “engaged” in your responsibilities is not enough to drive performance (the quality of your work). You have to have the right environment and the right tools to succeed at work and at home. How is your "working" environment both at work and at home?
2. There is a strong, positive correlation between employee wellbeing, productivity, and overall performance. The healthier you are physically, mentally, and emotionally, the better it is for EVERYONE including you, your family, and your employer. There should be a priority on getting and staying healthy. Eating better, moving better, and thinking better shouldn’t just be a “nice mantra”, it should be a way of life both at home and at work. How is your overall health and the environment that is fostering health both at home and at work?
3. Being engaged (being focused while enjoying what you are doing at any one giving time) will lead to increased productivity and loyalty to the people, organizations, and tasks in your life. People who are engaged are committed and people who are committed are “GSD” (Get Shit Done) people.
These days, life is too complicated to waste time and not be orderly and productive. We can’t just prioritize our schedule, we have to schedule our priorities. The hard part is not knowing what to do, it’s doing what we know.
Best in Health,
Dr. Dane Donohue is a Chiropractor in Newtown PA and has been serving his community for over 25 years. Wellness Solution Centers provides all the services you need for a healthy life.