What is focus time analytics?
Focus time analytics is the process of analyzing how much time your team has, on average, for their own work. One of the most popular ways of collecting such data is by running surveys or engaging in other active listening activities with your team. Many companies conduct focus time analytics through existing corporate systems, such as Slack, G-Suite, or Office 365.
The key to effective focus time analytics is to do it ethically. This means conducting an analysis on a team level, where data is anonymized, and you’re not assessing each employee individually. You should look at your team from a bird’s eye view and collect data on work patterns, and not human characteristics.
What is focus time?
Focus time is the time spent by employees on their work without any interruptions from other team. To calculate your team’s focus time, use the following formula:
Focus time = deep work + multiple context work (context switching)
What is deep work?
Deep work relates to one hour a day of uninterrupted work needed to complete complex tasks (with two hours daily preferred).
What is multiple context work?
Multiple context work relates to switching between tasks, for instance, writing an article and, in the meantime, responding to emails, or chatting on Slack.
Focus time and deep work – key elements
How much time should high-performing teams spend on deep work?
Aim at a minimum 10 hours of deep work, per week, per employee. This translates to two hours of deep work (i.e., at least one hour) streaks daily.
How is time for deep work connected to team productivity?
Going deep in work will produce a motivated team and a higher level of quality and strategic thinking in work.
Why should HR and people leaders measure and manage deep work?According to Rob Cross, up to 85% of employees’ time is consumed on collaboration draining productivity and burning people out.
How can you, as a people leader, support deep work in your team?
Here are a few tips:
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