IMPLEMENTING SMART WORKING STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE
There are currently many economic and environmental pressures for organisations and their employees that impacts performance and business success.
In the current challenging climate, successful organisations are identifying new flexible and smart working practices to transform employee health and performance and reduce working costs.
Empowering employees to develop a new streamlined working culture provides a comprehensive and strategic approach to delivering sustainable performance and staff retention.
Here are five examples of smart working practices to boost energy and performance:
USE YOUR NATURAL TALENTS
We all have strengths that are created by investing time in your natural talents. These strengths positively impact our health, energy and performance. Identify your natural talents, which is when work feels effortless and energises you, and play to them as much as possible in your job.
PRIORITISE FOR IMPACT
To have genuine impact on performance you need to have clarity about the things that affect your success. List the key elements that have the biggest impact on your results. Focus on these areas during your working week by keeping them at the top of your daily ‘to do’ list.
SET WORK GOALS WITH CHALLENGING DEADLINES
Once you are clear about the elements of your job that have the biggest impact on your performance and you are in the habit of prioritising them, set yourself regular, challenging goals.
Set a maximum of 3 big goals for the next 3 months. Break these goals down further by setting a maximum of three actions for the coming month – these are the key goals for the month ahead that move you towards your three month goals. Set challenging deadlines for the one month actions to achieve your goals and increase productivity.
SCHEDULE YOUR IMPORTANT WORK
Schedule high-energy tasks for times of the day when you have the most energy, e.g. morning and early part of the week, and stay focused for productivity and performance: Be mindful when working (focus on one thing at a time), batch tasks and avoid distractions, such as jumping in and out of emails. This helps you produce your best work in the most effective and productive way so that you can effortlessly stick to your three month goals.
REGULARLY REVIEW PERFORMANCE
Don’t wait for an annual performance review: Regularly review your own performance and working strategies to evolve your personal development, confidence, energy and performance.
Ask yourself two simple questions:
1. What is going well, what positive things have I achieved?
2. What can I do to improve?
Making simple changes and encouraging smarter working practices throughout your organisation underpins a cohesive development strategy, which in turn provides many employee and business benefits including improved energy and performance.
Dr Elisabeth Philipps PhD