Can you live without your mobile phone?
For the second time in just a few months, I cracked the screen on my iPhone (get a case, I know) and was faced to navigate life without my companion. As I got through the day, I started to realize just how much I rely on my phone.
Lost moments add up
I take a ferry into Manhattan every day and they have a great mobile app where I can buy and access tickets, but on this day, I had to wait in line and purchase a paper ticket. I made this task less daunting by reminding myself that I had a nice Starbucks waiting for me on the other end. On a typical day, I order my coffee via the mobile app and run in and pick it up as I head to the office. Not today… today I waited in line and then dug through my bag for my wallet to settle my tab.
I know these challenges don’t seem that important, but think about the time I lost on today’s commute versus others. I definitely added on about 30 minutes navigating my commute. Also, I usually spend this time catching up on emails and approvals, but not today, so the first hour when I got to the office was spent taking care of these tasks.
Why not enable efficiency at work?
As I continued to navigate my disconnected morning and got more and more frustrated with the lack of efficiency, it dawned on me, “Why do we take this efficiency for granted in our personal lives but not allow for it at work?” We expect managers to weed through tasks and approvals back at their desks when they have access to their computers. And we hope employees will take a few minutes at the end of each day to navigate the company intranet or weed through email to get the latest news and information.
Don’t believe me? Put your phone away for a day (cheaper than breaking it) and see how much less efficient you become. Now, why can’t we help our employees not have this same struggle. They already all have phones, help them take advantage of them—enable them to be more efficient at work.