Friday August 22 2014

Learn to concentrate at work

By Isaiah Kitimbo

As the old adage goes, patience pays.
The irony is that not so many of us can be that patient to reap the fruits that this common saying brings about. What rules mostly is a propensity for impatience.
Even at the workplace, this vice is common. Much as machines are used in the major production processes, there will always be a temptation to rush.
A worker will bang a computer for ‘hanging’ amid a tight deadline while a secretary will fault the printer for the delayed minutes.
Most organisations give new entrants probation to enable them fit in yet many others are too ambitious for revenue and thus will demand results immediately.
If it is a contract job, then the holder must know that there will be no time for dillydallying. Such will be ideal for a business executive with a fatty signing, which he or she can use to impress managers at the new company.
The introduction of deadlines, which implies lack of confidence in the team to deliver, is another boring work approach. It reduces work to a routine task other than a fulfilling commitment.
This affects employees’ concentration levels and will produce poor quality work as managers continue to emphasise deadlines.
As such, clients will demand make-goods (rectifying errors) because of poor quality work yet it is costly to make corrections all the time, especially those that could have been avoided.
There is no good in rushing the team because it breeds incompetence. Whenever you rush, chances are you will miss the most important details.
It is thus important that you devise ways of handling your work in an organised way.
There will be external forces, though but remember, you are accountable. Learn to plan better for work by having a daily schedule, and desist from handling every assignment as an emergency.

The writer is a human resources expert and a journalist.