It’s September 1st and I am sitting outside on a beautiful Thursday afternoon. I find I don’t do this enough… just take my work outdoors and enjoy the day. There is a slight breeze and the temperature is just right. The day appears to be rather lazy, and yet I am powering through work that I have been trying to get to for weeks! No distractions, no phones ringing (at least that I can hear) and no meetings to attend. A prefect day to concentrate on what needs to be done.
There is so much controversy on over where a person is most productive. If they have 8-5 jobs that require them to be on location are they the most productive? Are people with flexible work schedules more productive? What about taking into consideration the person. When is a person the most productive? I know some people who are slow to start their day. They are just not morning people so for them it is like walking in a trance until they get their coffee, had time to adjust to the day and feel that they are in full swing. It make take them a few hours to find that they are firing on all cylinders.
If you want to know when someone is at their peak, ask them what time they would like to start a meeting. An example would be when my Assistant says, I know you are not a morning person, but can we meet at 8:00 am? I’d prefer 10:00 am. Obviously, she knows that I am not at my peak early in the morning. However, I am raring to go at later in the date and she is ready to call it quits.
The human brain can concentrate for only so long. Some say no longer than 30 minutes before we begin to wander and have to force ourselves back on task. We need to take breaks and when we don’t we will find that we lose concentration and have to refocus. We are also not as productive. Each of us can be classified into either a morning or a night person. And we all know which type we are.
When it comes to work and work location, where are people most productive? And why do people have to be on site if their job doesn’t require them to absolutely be there? Companies can save money by allowing their employees to work from home and many companies have adopted this culture. For those companies that still feel “butts in seats” so they can “see the work being done” should really take a closer look. Just because you can physically see a person sitting at their desk, does not mean they are being productive. Shouldn’t results speak volumes? If the work isn’t getting done, then perhaps the wrong person is in the job!