Millennials crave soft skills, but the question is how does one acquire these skills? Stop multitasking. In the short run multitasking can get things "done," in the long term it can reduce 40 percent of productivity. Research shows you get multiple tasks done faster if you do them one at a time. It also decreases stress and raises happiness.
Here are 3 steps to end multitasking:
1. Turn off cell phones during work time
Millennials check their phones more than 157 times a day. When employees check their phones constantly they began the multitask cycle. Once the need for checking their phone during work begins, this creates an ineffective feedback loop.
*Allocate time to check phone during your work day. This will help you keep in lines communication with managers and employees. *
2. Check emails twice a day
Emails help companies communicate. According to Leadership Review, "we spend between 25% and 50% of our working day using email and 39% of users regularly check, send and receive emails outside of working hours." The biggest issue with emails is that it takes "employees approximately 16 minutes to refocus on their tasks after dealing with email. "
*Schedule time to check emails. Use an auto-response to explain when emails will be sent out. This will negate constant distraction and unnecessary multitasking. *
3. Keep Social Media Apps at home
Companies are social. Employees are social. There is no need to be on a social website to get connected during work hours. Social media apps breeds multitasking. If companies require employees to use social meeting to promote company interaction. Schedule time through out your day to socialize.
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