Not everyone has the convenience of, or support for working in a virtual space. For those who work in a traditional office setting, a recent Wall Street Journal article sheds light on the growing epidemic of workplace and self-induced interruptions. All told, these interruptions account for a $1.4 trillion loss in productivity. Eek!
It’s time to change interrupt to disrupt and fix the broken work model.
Let’s start with interruptions and the classic “email chain gang.” There’s a relatively simple way to solve this, but it starts with you modeling the behavior you’d like to see in others.
At Tracky, we have a track set up in our PR group that is literally called, “Use this instead of email.” The track is a running conversation of things that would be one off emails, like:
- Articles we think the others should read;
- Ideas for future implementation; and
- Funny or anecdotal stories.
I check this track once a day to read things that would otherwise interrupt me as 10+ separate emails each day (and that’s not including responses from others CC:d on the emails).
When David, Jennifer or I share a post in this track via desktop or our iOS app, it is there for us to review at our leisure. It doesn’t get lost in an in-box because the updates are stored in Tracky notifications. We also keep this track “pinned,” which means it’s one of our frequently accessed tracks we can get to quickly.
I bet that if you implement this process with the people you work with most, you’ll see a drastic reduction of emails. And, if you take it a step further and set up groups for people you work with most, the email-chain-gang could be completely eliminated.
Need help getting started? Let me know and we’ll get you up and running. Email me at sarah<at>tracky.com.