A UK charity was looking to implement a 4.5 day working week. However, it was unsure about how this would impact productivity and wellbeing or if their people would find condensing their working week challenging. So, with productivity a key priority, they partnered with Live More Offline to deliver a two-part digital productivity series to multiple cohorts. Did you know that productivity is 40% lower in distracted environments and it takes us 23 minutes to get back to a task if interrupted? The aim of the sessions was to equip employees with the necessary skills to work smarter and more efficiently in digital work, thus freeing up more time to ease the transition to a shorter working week.
In Workshop 1, “Mythbusting Multitasking: Unlocking Productivity,” employees learned about the science behind multitasking and how it actually decreases productivity. They received tips on creating a culture of focus by minimising distractions and introduced to the Three Modes of Working concept as a way to structure their day, streamline digital work and increase productivity.
Workshop 2, “Smarter Not Harder: Digital Working Techniques,” focused on digital working techniques to help employees work more efficiently, including productivity tools and efficient remote meetings. They explored the concept of asynchronous working and how to capitalise upon it in a digital working environment.
The session provided some useful insights into various ways of improving productivity which I thought was really useful.