How to Be More Productive
Are you plagued by interruptions, just as you get into the zone on an important project? Too many loud goings-on in the office? You are far from alone, according to a new survey from the IT Job Board. The Board asked what makes for a productive IT employee, and what office environments minimize performance and effectiveness. The surrounding workplace and the people within it are listed as top productivity killers, so it's not surprising that most IT professionals consider their peak performance time to be in the morning hours. IT workers also benefit greatly from concrete, clear instructions from supervisors with respect to project needs. "Communication with direct management is key," says Alex Farrell, the Board's managing director. "Setting expectations up front will ensure that the goalposts don't move and that you can remain focused and effective." The survey also sheds light on how often employees are taking needed breaks away from their computer screens. (Hint: Not often enough, by health industry standards.)
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