Mark Howell over at Strategy Central writes:
Do you know what the biggest enemy of productivity is? Can you guess?
Interruptions maybe a problem – but proximity is not the cause.
I work with colleagues all over the world – and I often wish we shared an office – especially when we have a telephone conference. Proximity improves communication and understanding, deepens relationships and provides some lubricant to getting things done!
The problem may be:
- a lack of protocols and agreements about an ‘open door policy’ and what it means. Especially when there aren’t any doors!
- no formal planned times for 121 communication to take place. If there were then 99% of the non-urgent stuff could wait for the planned time.
- a lack of assertiveness in handling inappropriate requests or contact
- people are just so dis-engaged with the work that they just don’t care.
Whatever the problem – it is not proximity.