Today’s workforce carries more responsibilities than ever, but the inability to focus is running rampant in the workplace. Our latest survey, Driven By Distractions: Why Employees’ Focus Is Waning At Work & What You Can Do About It, features responses from 1,000 participants (not Virgin Pulse members), and reveals what’s distracting them on the job – and ways they can regain their focus.
With a laundry list of obligations and an equal amount of disruptions, employees find it difficult to maintain focus on the job. So, if it’s not their work, what’s got employees’ attention? The survey found technology disruptions and overly-social co-workers are two top culprits.
Productivity and focus “hacks” abound, and there’s a whole bunch of options available to employees to help them keep the distractions at bay – but maintaining healthy habits trumps them all. An impressive 70 percent of respondents say their health habits have a noticeable impact on their ability to focus at work.
But here’s the bottom line: whether your workforce is totally tuned in or completely unfocused, you can help by investing in employees’ well-being— and your people would welcome the support.
Read the report’s full findings and check out five actionable tips to improve employee focus. Download the full survey report.
Business today is anything but usual. In recent years, corporate competition has reached new heights. With increased competition comes the need to keep up, and many organizations expect employees to be available 24/7. Thanks to technology, they can be – but it means they’re never unplugging from work, which drives burn out, higher levels of stress, and other unhealthy repercussions for employees.
This is affecting all aspects of employees’ lives, including their engagement.
If your people are spread thin, there’s a slim chance they’re taking the time they need for healthy habits like exercise, sleep and eating right – which only makes them feel worse. In fact, stress is behind an estimated 60 to 90 percent of doctor visits, according to Harvard Business Review, and anxious employees are racking up $600 more than average in healthcare annually, costing companies over $300 billion each year.
When employees aren’t feeling great, they’re not bringing their best to work, meaning poorer productivity and lower engagement rates for you. With 70 percent of U.S. workers disengaged, according to Gallup, checked-out employees are driving a $300 billion price tag in lost productivity, the same source reports.
The bright side here, though, is that you can do something about it. Show employees a little love by supporting all aspects of their well-being – including their physical, mental and social health. By driving a deeper relationship with your people and supporting their health, you’ll set them up for success, boost business (like higher productivity and profitability, and lower absenteeism, turnover, and safety and quality incidents, according to Gallup), and improve company culture.
Here are three ways you can make it happen.
If your company culture’s driven by weekly donut deliveries and happy hours, it’s going to be hard for employees to get and stay healthy. Instead, encourage employees to hit the pavement instead of the bar, and replace the pastries with nutritious snacks. A healthy company culture makes it easier for employees to stick with their wellness goals so they can feel great at work and home.
Show employees you care by supporting personal well-being and productivity goals and celebrating their daily wins. Whether that means a shout-out when they complete a big project before deadline, or offering financial rewards when they hit their activity goals within your corporate wellness program, a little encouragement goes a long way.
Today’s tech has made it easier than ever for employees to get work done. But if your employees are tethered to their devices round the clock, then tech may be to blame for their stress and disengagement. Encourage employees to unplug and make it clear you don’t expect they’ll respond to non-essential emails sent after their day’s done. You’ll help them relax and recharge so they can bring their best to work and focus on what matters.
Molding a healthier, more engaged, and productive workforce starts with small steps. Learn more about ways you can support employees’ and your company’s success by reading the survey report, “Win their hearts & minds: Show Employees You Care & Boost Engagement.”
What’s Sir Richard Branson’s favorite night of the year? Celebrating all the hard-working Virgin Group employees worldwide who go above and beyond the call of duty.
Every year, employees at each of the Virgin Group companies nominate fellow Virgin team members who they consider their “Star of the Year”— then one or two from each company are selected as their companies’ Star and they get to spend a night partying the Virgin way with Richard, the Virgin team, and the other Stars around the world.
We’re excited to share Virgin Pulse’s Star of the Year is Kate Colp, Director of Client Services!
“Kate is an amazing colleague who takes great pride in everything she does. She works hard to put the customer first while embodying the values and brand behind Virgin. I have been both motivated and inspired by her ability to address difficult situations and overcome hurdles that we’re faced with each day,” said one of Kate’s colleagues at Virgin Pulse.
Kate, who’d also previously been nominated for this award, said she was truly honored and it meant a lot that she was selected knowing how many other great and hard-working employees there are at Virgin Pulse. “It’s full of inspiring people and I am appreciative every day of those I get to work with,” she said after receiving the honor.
After being named Virgin Pulse’s Star of the Year for 2014, Kate and her husband went to the U.K. for five days and celebrated with other Stars at a rooftop gala dinner overlooking Kensington Gardens. With celebratory champagne, delicious food and a theme like “Putting on the Ritz,” Kate said it was the best party she’s ever been to.
“It was very Virgin. And the incredible thing is, the culture at the event—even with people from all over world—felt like the culture here at Virgin Pulse,” she said. “Everyone I spoke to was positive, friendly, hardworking…it was amazing to see how the Virgin brand really is like one big family.”
Here’s to you Kate—you’re tireless work providing exceptional dedication to our clients inspires your whole department.
Want to see the celebration in action? Check out this video to get the full experience.