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Productivity Improvement | 01.27.2015

Quantification at Work

It used to be considered semi OCD to count every step you took throughout the day, and if someone saw you tracking the number of times you moved your arms while at work, they might report you to HR for erratic behavior.

However, with new trends bucking conventional wisdom, it is now chic to count your every step and heart rate inducing movement. Quantification, as it’s known, does not require the participant to count out loud to themselves in public, because it relies on technology to do counting for you.

As far as the new “quantified self” movement is concerned, in terms of fitness, it requires the participant to be outfitted with wearable technology and track their movement, diet, and sleep through mobile apps. The goal is that once we can track our progress we will be motivated to perform harder, and be more effective in reaching our goals.

Using self-quantification as a form of motivation and a tool for increasing productivity doesn’t have to live and die with our fitness goals however, as we can use new forms of technology to allow for self-quantification at work, allowing us to increase our productivity and achieve our professional goals as well.

So how will self-quantification at work help boost productivity and increase performance? We have outlined three key factors in improving performance through self-quantification at work.

  1. Tracking task efficiency- Much like in the fitness world, live time-tracking your daily task can drive performance and efficiency by helping you learn when to focus on certain tasks. If a quantification app can help us learn how to shape our day by allowing us to schedule tasks based on our peak performance hours, then we should be able to maximize our output. For example, if you are a morning person who can crank out detailed work in the morning, but hits a 3 P.M. wall, efficiency apps could make sure that your daily schedule reflects this, scheduling your most detail heavy work at the beginning of the day and scheduling tasks like emails in the afternoon.
  2. Building Team Morale- Tracking team morale is a huge benefit of self-quantification at work, as it will allow upper management and company owners to make sure their team isn’t losing motivation. With real time updates you can see how your employees are responding to different projects and work tasks, and can even see which rooms or parts of your office your employees are the happiest in. New software is allowing for employees to send anonymous feedback to the higher ups about their work and work place satisfaction.
  3. Push for Activity- This one might a little bit far off, as requiring all of your employees to wear tracking tech might feel a little too Brave-New-World-ish, but the science is in, and encouraging employees to stay healthy and active improves productivity in the work place. Wearable technology can track employees’ heart rate and send them a ping if they need to stand up and take a ten- minute walk, so they don’t burn themselves out by mid-day. Encouraging your employees to stay active and take breaks is a win-win for both company owners and the valued people that work for them.

When thinking about how self-quantification at work can benefit you and your team, keep these steps in mind, as tracing our productivity can lead to a more focused and engaged team.