Is the meeting room draining staff productivity levels?
If you're in an intermediate management position, it is estimated that you will spend approximately 35% of your time in a meeting. That's a significant figure and will involve removing key team members from their positions for a large portion of that time too.
For many in the workplace, the most precious commodity is their time. This means that it's vital that those meetings are concise, productive and most importantly, relevant. But are they? Or is having a meeting about a meeting just as counter-productive as it sounds? If a meeting is structured, has a clear direction, and all participants are well prepared, it will provide more pros than cons. Relevant personnel will be on the same page about issues which allows for efficient and effective completion of tasks. If the opposite occurs, however, as research leads us to believe that it commonly does; staff begin to feel that their time spent in meetings is wasted time which can have a negative impact on their morale. For constructive meetings to take place, there are a range of simple steps that will help to keep the balance in the boardroom and ensure effective use of your time.
Planning for the future - embracing new technology
The introduction of new technologies has seen massive growth and change within the workplace. Day-by-day, week-by-week, year-by-year, new advancements and discoveries are made; drastically changing the way businesses operate and interact with their customers.
One of the main changes with the introduction of these new technologies is the way we communicate with our customers. The average Australian Internet user spends 17.6 hours per week online (Neilsen’s 2010 Internet and Technology Report). Customers now have an excess of information at their fingertips and consumers are better equipped to make informed buying decisions.
Top tips to combat mental fatigue
Are you struggling under a mountain of work?
If you find you’re always tired and feel mentally drained at work, there are a few simple ways to combat mental fatigue.
Fuel up with the right food Rather than driving your body on coffee, focus on fuelling your system with water to keep hydrated as well as small and regular meals to ensure you are constantly boosting your diet with foods rich in slow-release vitamins and minerals that work to power your brain and keep you healthy. Ditch the sugar and caffeine for foods such as nuts, seeds, legumes, whole grains and leafy greens.
Stand up at work Believe it or not but standing on the job will boost attention and help your brain function. If you are struggling to hit your mental capacity, mix it up a little and either stand while you do work or get a few minutes of walking into your day to flush your system and increase your mental energy.
Consider a nap or a break during the day Often a quick nap of only 20 minutes or at least a break can completely recharge your system and work to provide the refresh your brain needs to be productive and restore mental energy. Take a quick nap in the conference room or speak with your boss about setting up a break room so you can improve your performance and take some time out to recharge.
Head home on time While you might think long hours in the office are productive, it can have the opposite effect. Focus on putting in place boundaries so you leave your office on time so you can decrease your stress levels and improve your sleep patterns.
The key to combating metal fatigue is to put in place strict boundaries that encourage your body to recharge and work your best.