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Productivity or Pokemon? You’re my favourite waste of time….

  • July 20, 2016
The recent launch of the inexplicably popular ‘Pokemon Go’ has me pondering whether all these people wandering the streets ‘catching’ made up digital characters have actual jobs they should be doing? Is it, combined with our Summer-Is-Finally-Here heatwave providing the perfect excuse for extended lunchbreaks and ahem, 24 hour sickness bugs? And with so much of our work generated through mobile devices and digital mediums, how do we know if our team are actually working, or simply time wasting?

A recent survey from Conference Genie revealed that 80% of 18-24 year olds admitted wasting time at work, with ‘looking at mobile phones’ being the most frequently cited culprit. The research confirms some fairly obvious thoughts – like the fact that we’re all least productive on a Friday and when we’re tired – but there’s some useful nuggets in there too – such as creative industry employees citing the positive effects of music and the relationship for younger employees between their salary and their productivity.

For most of the survey’s respondents, productivity fluctuates throughout the day and the week, so offering flexi-time should be a business no-brainer, but what else can you do to make sure your team are at their most productive? Time management training is great, as long as it’s not a sheep dip approach – not all of us work effectively in the same ways and one man’s to-do-list is another’s unachievable nightmare. Ted Learning’s Being Highly Effective at Work course helps employees and managers make the most of their talent, energy and time by exploring what works best for you as an individual. Visit our website or talk to ted to find out more. Now where did I put that Poke Ball……………

Roxy Hooton

About the Author:
Roxy Hooton

Roxy is the Training Manager at Ted Learning and a fundamental part of our team ensuring that our delivery is tailored to the clients needs and is ‘on-brand’. With a background in fashion retail management and learning & development, she has been managing teams and designing &delivering skills-based learning for over 17 years. As a qualified adult education tutor,she also works with teachers as a coach and mentor.

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