Welcome. Please find a place to sit. What? Yes, yes, anywhere. No, not on the desk. On the floor, near the window. Yes, that window. Okay, fine. Now, is everyone sitting comfortably? Great, then let’s begin.
Visualize your happy place. Are you at the office? Yeah, probably not. And why is that? Because most offices are chaotic, open-spaces with constant and unending distractions — endless meetings, phone calls, texts, and email alerts pull us away the task at hand. And once thrown off track, it can take over 20 minutes for a worker to return to the original task, according to Gloria Mark, a professor at UC, Irvine.
Mindfulness is key to getting real work done.
Without mental focus and attention, you’re not as productive as you could be. Sure, you may be “doing a lot,” but that’s not the same as “being productive.” If you’re making a lot of mistakes or wasting a lot of time and resources, you may be doing more damage than actual work.
The lie of being a “good multi-tasker.”
Even though businesses often encourage, and even reward, workers for multi-tasking, many research studies doubt its value and helpfulness. Ironically, multi-tasking a source of misplaced pride for many workers. Believing that you’re a “good multi-tasker” means you almost certainly aren’t, according to psychologists:
So even though you think you’re doing a lot, you’re not necessarily getting a lot done. True productivity doesn’t come from working hard, it comes from working effectively.
Mindfulness is um…uh, oh yeah… focus.
Working effectively requires mindfulness, also known as awareness, attention, or focus. It’s the act of deliberately spending the necessary mental energy to correctly and efficiently complete a task. Mindful people put more thought into assignments, get more involved, think more critically about it, and are more aware to problems before they blow up into Legal or PR nightmares. Basically, mindfulness improves one’s quality of work.
But mindfulness isn’t just about productivity, it’s also about being open to new information, other points of view, and new cues (social or otherwise). Without mindfulness, people end up trapped in a narrow, fixed band of thinking that needlessly limits creativity and innovation, too.
How mindfulness helps everything.
Of course, you might not think that mindfulness would have any place in today’s fast-paced, hyper-competitive business climate. But the advantages of mindfulness on the job are compelling. By implementing tibbr, you not only get all the usual collaboration and communication benefits of an Enterprise Social Network, you get the added benefits of mindfulness — like fewer mistakes, better decisions, and happier employees.
How does tibbr do it? By helping people focus on what’s happening in the moment.
All communications, apps, and activities funnel through one simple interface — a “single pane of glass” as it were — minimizing the need to cycle through different apps, tabs, and windows. Yet, where this would create a “fire-hose” of data in some social products, tibbr keeps each user’s feed highly manageable with powerful sorting and filtering options.
Better yet, tibbr helps employees stay engaged with their tasks, colleagues and the business itself. Seamless communication across all devices and fast access to answers prevents employees’ attention from getting diverted into the downward spiral of distraction. In a nutshell, tibbr increases your employees’ engagement and attention levels to help them better prioritize tasks and time while helping them make wiser decisions.
If you’re open to discovering all the ways tibbr can increase mindfulness in your organization, click here for a free trial.