Ask your employees what helps them focus.
For some people it’s music, for some it’s quiet, for some it’s a clean desk.
Ask them. Most of us know; only a few of us actively seek it out.
Sometimes a messy desk is a distractor; sometimes it is a sign of creativity. Be careful not to judge. Just because you find your focus one way doesn’t mean that way is right for everyone.
This means you will need to over-communicate your intention of facilitating individually helpful working environments. People tend to think you are being unfair when you allow one person to do something another person doesn’t think is appropriate. Have conversations with your staff often and let them hear your words from others who are already bought-in to your strategy.
Christie Ward, CSP, provides employee training and executive coaching to individuals and teams who want to up their game. Christie’s professional development programs get proven results.