The technology we utilize in today’s workplace is tech we would not have dreamed of even 15 years ago. Moreover, it is being used in work-spaces we probably didn’t see coming either: telecommuting instead of private offices? Who would have ever thought?
According to Maura Thomas in her article Time Management Training Doesn’t Work, even though work has changed, the training workers receive is pretty much no different, which is unfortunate, considering that these days everything seems urgent. At the end of the day, “Time management teaches us to “close the door” to get important work done, but it does not address our spinning brains and the lure of the internet at our fingertips,” (Thomas 2015).
In Thomas’ experience working with hundreds of companies and thousands of employees, she found most workers spend workdays distracted and switching between tasks. The outcomes include stress and busyness instead of productivity.
We must work differently now, and look at training differently too.
Maura Thomas is an award-winning international speaker and trainer on individual and corporate productivity, attention management, and work-life balance. She is a TEDx Speaker, founder of Regain Your Time, and author of Personal Productivity Secrets and Work Without Walls. She frequently appears in major business outlets, and was recently named one of the Top Leadership Speakers of 2018 in Inc. Magazine. Follow her on Twitter at @mnthomas, or sign up here to be notified when a new article is published.