Can Business Leaders Help Employees Improve Focus And Productivity In A Noisy Digital Workplace?
In today’s always-on digital world, it’s all too easy to get distracted by technology, whether it’s the ping of a text message interrupting dinner or the flash of a calendar reminder in the midst of a darkened movie theater (remember those?). I know I’m certainly guilty of responding to — and probably causing — increased digital distractions these days, and I’m not the only one.
In an effort to improve individual focus and productivity, Apple announced a new feature in its iOS 15 updates, called Focus. Focus is touted as a control option for iPhone users that lets them customize how they want to be notified about incoming calls, texts or updates from apps. Users can configure their notifications to help them reduce distractions so they can be more present in the moment.
Though geared toward consumers, I believe Apple’s feature raises a broader question for enterprise organizations and leaders worldwide. That is: How can we help employees improve focus, and ultimately productivity, in an increasingly noisy digital workplace? And what are the implications for how we invest in technology and organizational design?
It’s Not As Simple As A Single Feature
The growing adoption of a work-from-anywhere business model provides more flexibility than ever before. But with this newfound flexibility also comes challenges that threaten our ability to stay focused and productive in new environments.