Flow enhances performance by improving concentration and motivation. Yet it’s nearly impossible for people to reach a state of flow when they’re being interrupted throughout the day. Help your employees reach flow by taking small steps to remove any obstacles to productivity. To reduce interruptions, let people switch off email and hold fewer meetings. Have employees focus on smaller chunks of work, and create shorter and more visible challenge-and-reward cycles.
As a manager, you can have an outsize impact on your employees’ concentration and engagement; these strategies aren’t nearly as effective if only one person is trying to change how he or she works.
Adapted from “ Help Your Employees Find Flow” by Terri Griffith.