There’s an old saying about not being able to see the woods for the trees. I reflect on this because I think it’s hard to have clarity when feeling a sense of overwhelm. This is especially true at work. It would be less than ideal if a minority of workers felt overwhelmed but it’s a real issue when two-thirds of the workforce are overwhelmed. (Source: Deloitte 2014 Human Capital Trends Study).
Reasons why workers demonstrate a lack of clarity include:
- Don’t know what to do so they bounce between tasks
- Action the wrong work (unimportant instead of important)
- Have a level of disengagement
- Have too much to do
- Are disorganised
- Aren’t achieving expected targets
- Are “drowning” in email
- Are caught in the everything’s urgent syndrome
The problem is that workers typically don’t realise they lack clarity because it became the normal way in how they work. Organisations aren’t realising the negative impact this is having on job performance and the people themselves.
A large percentage of workers say they have increased clarity once they have undertaken productivity coaching or training. And the reason for this is quite simple - the level of overwhelm has been reduced. Sure, there’s still large workloads to do but more work is being completed in less time and there’s a plan for what’s remaining.
The benefits people experience when they have increased clarity are they:
- Sleep better
- Don’t worry as much
- Feel calmer
- Are more effective
Think about this for a moment – how much better would it be if you, your colleagues or your team could increase the level of clarity? It would be so good, wouldn’t it?
If the answer is yes, then it’s time to leverage productivity.