Tag Archives: Focus

New Research, Sheds New Light on Hump Day

When do you checkout of work and check into the weekend?

OFFICAL CHECKOUT TIME FROM WORK

Friday, 5:00 PM

Apparently not!

Using a proprietary survey technology, our latest research sought to pinpoint the exact time people move from focusing on work, to working on the weekend.

CHECKOUT TIME FOR MOST OF US?

Thursday, 9:52 AM

Across all categories (age, gender, education). What about you?

WHO STAYS CHECKED IN THE LONGEST?

Friday, 9:26 AM

Those that stay focused the longest, coincidentally have been around the longest! A tip of the hat to our senior most workers, aged 65+, who maintain concentration on work the longest of any category.

WEIRD THING IS: The distribution bows inward with 24-34’s & 35-44’s reporting the earliest checkout time of any age groups. Hmm 24-44…You don’t think the demands of having young kids plays into this, do you?

DOES MORE EDUCATATION = MORE FOCUS?

Thursday, 4:19PM

The weekend tipping point generally follows educational level with Master’s and PhD holders keeping their minds on work the longest BUT those with Associates Degrees posted the greatest staying power!

WHO CHECKS OUT FIRST: MEN OR WOMEN?

Wednesday, 4:36PM

Men maintain their workweek concentration longer – and by a comfortable margin – as women reported shifting focus nearly a half-day earlier than men (Female = Weds @ 4:36PM, Male = Thurs @ 11:33AM). Wouldn’t have been my bet!

BEYOND THE GIGGLE IMPLICATIONS OF CHECKOUT TIME

  • Use your team’s checkout time to refocus their efforts on what can be accomplished for the rest of the week?
  • Checkout time might be the PERFECT time to start holding your weekly staff meetings!!

Now it’s your turn…go field test these findings with your coworkers, significant other and even your boss! Then share what you’ve learned by writing me directly atjeff@jeffkaplan.com.

Stay connected,

-Jeff

Multitasking… Bad for you, but good for your kids

  1. It has always been thought that multitasking leads to poor performance, but that idea may now be a thing of the past.  Researchers have found the opposite to be true for adolescents.
  2. During the study, it was found that young high-media multitaskers were better at weeding out distractions but performed worse when asked to focus on a single task. Low multitaskers were less able to filter out distractions but seemed to focus better on single tasks.
  3. The study shows that people who have grown up with a lot of different media devices have developed an improved working memory and seem to perform better in distracting environments.

What do you think this is going to affect as younger generations join the workforce?

Source: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-10/aaop-rtb100314.php

Older Adults… When Will They Pay Attention to You?

  1. A study in the journal Psychology and Aging has shown substantial differences in brain function throughout the day for older adults.
  2. A group of younger adults (aged 19-30) and a group of older adults (aged 60-82) participated in a series of memory tests with built in distractions.  During the test, each participant’s brain was scanned to show which areas were activating.  During the 1-5pm test, older adults were 10% more likely to get distracted.  However, they performed noticeably better during the morning test and were even shown to activate the same areas of the brain that the young adults did.
  3. This information shows that as a person ages, they are better able to focus and ignore distractions in the morning than in the afternoon; suggesting that more mentally-challenging tasks be scheduled earlier in the day.

Food for thought regarding when and what you talk about, at what time of the day, and with whom–depending on age (started sounding like Dr. Seuss there for a minute!)

Source: http://www.baycrest.org/research-news/older-adults-have-morning-brains-study-shows-noticeable-differences-in-brain-function-across-the-day/

Performance and Work Environment

  1. Attempts to change the social or physical workplace environment do have positive effects on work-related outcomes
  2. Changes to the social environment seem to lead to better work performance
  3. Changes in the physical environment seem to help workers concentrate

Source: Effectiveness of a Combined Social and Physical Environmental Intervention on Presenteeism, Absenteeism, Work Performance, and Work Engagement in Office Employees. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2014