Does 24/7 Connectivity Equal Increased Productivity?

  • women powering business, workforce insights
  • February 21, 2013
  • goals
  • agendas
  • manage
  • unclutter
  • multitasking
  • procrastination

According to Randstad’s latest Engagement Index study, constant connectivity does not mean increased productivity for women workers. Survey results showed that 42 percent of women find it increasingly difficult to disconnect from work while at home, while the majority (68 percent) do not believe that blurring the lines between work and home increases their productivity. 

Busy Or Productive: Do Workers Know The Difference? 
“As enhanced technologies and increased access to information continues to blur the lines between our professional and personal lives, many workers mistake being busy for being productive,” said Linda Galipeau, Randstad CEO of North America. “These are two very different concepts that when looked at from an organizational standpoint—could have serious implications for a company’s bottom line.”

Other Study Findings: On-the-Job Relationships, Flexibility Important to Women
The study also found that 49 percent of women say their company is flexible and accommodating in terms of hours or working arrangements. Additionally, 33 percent of female respondents said offering these benefits is one of the most effective ways to engage them. 

Women also cited the skills important to growing their careers, with half of the women (50 percent) choosing flexibility and adaptability, followed by encompassing computer and technology skills (43 percent). Also working relationships have a big impact on career happiness for women, with a majority of women workers (87 percent) saying relationships with their colleagues have a big impact on their happiness at work and (85 percent) saying their relationships with direct supervisors influence their happiness. 

Working Smarter Key To Meaningful Results
Galipeau said that as men and women are now able to perform their jobs from almost anywhere in a hyper-connected world, it’s important for employees to work smarter in order to achieve results. “We are only productive if we're producing the results that are most impactful to our goals,” she said. “Being that we live in a multi-tasking world, it is important to work smarter and hone in on those high-impact efforts that will create more meaningful results. This is incredibly important, especially as women and men can now perform their jobs from almost anywhere.”

Want to become a more efficient worker? Find out how with Randstad’s Six Tips for Working Smarter!

1. Define Your Goals 
Before you start each day, prioritize. Decide your top goals and create a realistic to-do list. Then, stay focused on what’s important. Time-management is one of the keys to working smarter! 

2. Create Agendas
Before scheduling your next meeting, create an agenda with a list of tangible goals you want to accomplish during that time. Send the agenda to all attendees prior to the meeting and use it as a guide during the meeting to ensure you stay on track.

3. Manage Phone Calls/Emails 
Although phone calls and emails can be a constant distraction, managing them efficiently can be a time-saver. If you’re facing a deadline and your phone is ringing, let it go to voicemail. If you inbox is flooded, set aside certain times in your day to respond to non-urgent emails. 

4. Unclutter your Workspace
Have a pile of papers on your desk or scattered files on your computer? Sometimes the biggest time-wasting culprit is disorganization. Make a habit of keeping your workspace and computer files organized and you’ll save time searching for that important document. 

5. Multitasking: Not always best? 
Sometimes juggling multiple tasks is inevitable, but too much multitasking could mean giving less focus to what you’re trying to accomplish and spending unnecessary time starting and stopping different projects. Instead, pick one thing to work on, see it through to completion and move onto the next item on your to-do list.

6. Avoid Procrastination 
What’s the best way to make efficient use of your time? Avoid procrastination. During work hours, strive to stay focused on the tasks at hand and limit your time spent on Facebook, personal emails, instant messaging and other time-wasters.

What are some other tips that have worked for you?