May 01, 2019 in Viewpoint

4 tips to help millennials focus

By the time it’s 2020 over a third of the workforce consists of millennials like me. If they can’t focus, well, let’s just say we’ll have a small problem. Read along to discover where the issue lies and how to provide your millennial workers with the means and matters to rediscover their focus.

Anne Wernand
by Anne Wernand
Ostrichpillow from Studio Banana
A ten to twenty-minute power nap can counter the natural mid-day circadian dip in alertness that most people experience around eight hours after waking up in the morning

Let’s agree on one thing: you can’t think without focus. Focus is the main ingredient for productivity. With focus, you can make amazing progress. But easier said than done. As a millennial myself, I know finding the focus to finish my work is troublesome. While I’m writing this piece, I notice several things getting in the way for me. People talk around me, my phone beeps, and I just remembered that I needed to water my houseplants. Consider my focus officially lost.

By the time it’s 2020 over a third of the workforce consists of millennials like me. If they can’t focus, well, let’s just say we’ll have a small problem. Time to focus on that problem and its solutions, before we’re too late. Read along to discover where the issue lies and how to provide your millennial workers with the means and matters to rediscover their focus.

Why do millennials struggle to focus?

The difference between millennials and previous generations is the presence of technology in their childhood. Nowadays, technology plays a central role in our society. A day without checking your WhatsApp messages is considered rude. Because of technology, millennials find themselves good at multi-tasking. Switching between tasks is just as easy as grabbing a coffee-to-go. But is it, though?

Unfortunately for millennials; multi-tasking leads to a decrease in productivity. Distraction lies right around the corner. Even worse: distraction is quite literally at our fingertips. And the worst thing is; millennials are very impatient. Waiting an hour to finish a task before answering a message? No, they reply instantly instead.

4 tips to help millennials focus


1. Declutter for success In terms of productivity less really is more

Declutter the desk by getting rid of unnecessary stuff. A clear desk is equal to a clear mind. Make room to focus on things that contribute to the work sphere. Also, declutter your tech. Working with many different systems, can be stressful and unorganized. Pick a system that is easy-to-use and has the most to offer for both you and your millennial employees. Don’t worry about the implementation, millennials trust the power of technology and have in mind that adopting better systems is the most efficient way to make improvement.

2. Give them a sense of autonomy
To help them focus, let them choose what they want to focus on. Millennials want to provide meaningful work and think creatively about higher-level queries. Involving them in the decision-making process, leads to highly-engaged millennials. Technology should represent this autonomy. For instance, give your millennial the freedom to book a meeting room whenever they want and need it. That way, you’ll treat your millennial employees as individuals with unique needs. A win-win, because they have the flexible schedule they want, and you don’t have to bother about making any schedules.

3. An activity-based working environment with a touch of technology 
An inspirational work environment adjusted to separate needs is the key to better quality work. Setting up a workplace around an activity boosts self-efficacy beliefs, helping your millennial get their job done effectively. Does your millennial need a silent-space to work alone? Create a silence space with little to no disturbance, because less distraction means higher productivity. Does your millennial need a meeting room to collaborate with others and explore ideas? Organize an area with different tools such as a big screen, flip-over and large table. At Mapiq, we know finding the ideal workplace can be difficult. That’s why we created a platform to structure your workplace in an organized fashion. Everybody gets the meeting room or desk they desire by looking quick what’s available and where they can sit. Finding a quiet place to work couldn't be easier. 

4. Let them take a good powernap
What could be better for your concentration than a good powernap? A ten to twenty-minute power nap can counter the natural mid-day circadian dip in alertness that most people experience around eight hours after waking up in the morning. The power nap concept was conceived as an easy, healthy way to boost mood, alertness, energy, and productivity — without the use of stimulants like caffeine. Studio Banana taps into this knowledge with their famous Ostrichpillow. When you don't have access to this inventive product. Technology can help find the places with the least noise or the nap room ;). 

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