Summer is a favorite time of year for most of us! Hopefully you’ve been able to take time off to tend to your mental wellbeing, a focal point for you and your team’s employee experience. After effectively completing your midyear performance reviews, here’s hoping your employees are motivated and geared up for the last six months of 2019. Holding your employees accountable is also a part of their employee experience! It’s more than just office amenities that matter. Your employee’s mental wellbeing is a key part of ensuring a productive, dedicated workforce.
Emotions run high when people are under prolonged states of stress. Lack of sleep and poor eating habits add to a tumultuous state that creates tension at work. As a leader, show you’re invested in your employee’s mental wellbeing. This month, I’ll cover 4 ways to do this for yourself and those around you in order to create that positive employee experience:
- Dangers of multitasking
- Importance of sleep
- Stress management tips
- Benefits of meditation and mindfulness.
The Downside of Multitasking
It may seem like you’re getting lots done with by multi-tasking, but in reality, most people can’t do it well. A study by Jason Watson and David Strayer from the University of Utah, found only 2.5% of people multitask effectively. Yet we have multiple tasks and we’re constantly bombarded by email, messages, phone calls and meetings. Even so, it is possible to decrease instances of multitasking.
Follow these 4 steps to stay on task and reduce stress:
- Try getting rid of pop-up notifications from your phone and computer. The less distractions, the better!
- Create a to-do list and prioritize it according to your efficiency level at certain parts of the day. The American Psychological Association reported that even the slightest mental interruptions caused by switching tasks can cut productivity by up to 40%.
- Schedule time blocks on your calendar with most urgent (and important) tasks first.
- Check emails three times a day or when you need a break from from brain-draining work.
Reducing multitasking with these tips is a great start to improve mental wellbeing for yourself and your team. Be the leader your team can count on to be effective and less stressed. If you need assistance identifying ways in which you can begin to make changes, please contact me.