Want improved productivity? Try investing in some more recovery time.
White-collar stress levels are on the rise with employees constantly connected to digital devices and working harder and longer than ever before. But longer hours and more technology is not always the answer with productivity among the greatest universal challenges facing employers today as less people are required to deliver more work.
In many ways the way we are working just isn’t working. The average worker is overloaded (perception of too much to do yet wasting a lot of time on low level activities), fatigued (not enough strategic recovery built into their week) and distracted (constantly connected and spending a large proportion of the day on unnecessary distractions).
In many ways I am fortunate that I didn’t start my working career in the corporate world. I grew up in the world of high performance sport where meetings always start on time and where you only have meetings that are really necessary. In the sporting world you speak to people about important topics, rather than sending multiple emails. You look after your body and brain as the building blocks for reaching peak performance; not something you do when you find the time or finish the next big deal.
In elite sport it is drilled into us to train hard and recover even harder. But the corporate world works harder than ever before, yet recovery is seen as a luxury, rather than a competitive advantage.
In a world where our clients are facing ever-increasing threats of disruption and disintermediation by smaller, innovative and more agile competitors, an increased focus on organisational culture, agility and performance is needed now more than ever.
To be a true high performer in business and in sport you need a holistic approach combining psychology (the way you think), productivity (the way you work), recovery (the way you balance stress), and physiology (the way you eat and move).
This is what we do at the Performance Clinic. We help overloaded, fatigued and distracted workers build more capacity by giving them back much needed time, energy and attention.
The Performance Clinic has grown quickly over the past few years and partnering with KPMG provides an opportunity for rapid scaling so that more businesses can benefit from engaged, productive, energetic workers.
KPMG yesterday announced it had acquired The Performance Clinic.