Some time ago, an opinion article was circling around the Twitterverse from New York Times writer Tim Kreider discussing how “busy” people seem to be these days. The piece is quick to get the point:
It’s almost always people whose lamented busyness is purely self-imposed: work and obligations they’ve taken on voluntarily, classes and activities they’ve “encouraged” their kids to participate in. They’re busy because of their own ambition or drive or anxiety, because they’re addicted to busyness and dread what they might have to face in its absence.
While it may be physically impossible to insert extra time into your employee’s day, try to take a moment out of YOUR day and appreciate all the little things that your co-workers do for you. Whether its remembering to turn the coffee pot on in the morning, shutting the blinds at night, or just plain doing their jobs well, acknowledgement does wonders in making the work environment a little less “busy” and a lot more productive.
(Oh, and we love the Richard Scarry reference buried in the middle of the article!)
You can find a link to the full article here.