Why Slowing Down on the Job Can Accelerate Success

(DGIwire) – Companies may be tempted to push their employees to work faster and harder all the time. But what if slowing down was actually the key to seeing better results? According to a recent blog posted by Atrium, a staffing and contingent workforce solutions firm, companies that encourage their employees to take their time can have incredible results.

“Because employees aren’t used to employers asking them to slow down, management may need to actively structure events that support this philosophy,” says Rebecca Cenni-Leventhal, founder and president of Atrium. “If companies are going to encourage slowing down, they will want to do so in a way that makes the employees feel secure rather than like slackers.”

Here are a few ways to help employees slow down so that companies can speed up their chances of success:

  • Schedule it. It’s important that employees understand that slowing down is an actual initiative with a clear purpose. The best way to do this is to have it scheduled. It can be an hour a day or an hour a week. Managers should determine what’s best for their teams. But ask employees to think of solutions to various problems during these periods. Let them know that their suggestions will be expected after a specific time frame.
  • Offer a tuition stipend. Some employers offer tuition reimbursements to employees taking classes that are directly related to their role. However, studying unrelated topics can encourage us to make associations and parallels between things we would have never thought of before. When we give ourselves permission to study unrelated things, our minds have a way of opening up. We see things through a different lens and bring that to everything else.
  • Provide a dedicated day. We’ve all heard the expression “what a difference a day makes.” A day spent in pure thought is a luxury. Whether a company groups employees together or has them work independently, give them a day to tackle a problem or come up with a plan for a new initiative of their own creation. While it should be something the company can ultimately execute, let them start thinking without budget constraints in mind.
  • Offer sabbaticals. Exploration is a great way to continue growing. However, it can be very hard to find the time to invest in personal growth opportunities. While offering employees lengthy sabbaticals may prove to be difficult, offering a few days of a sabbatical that doesn’t require dipping into vacation time is a great way to show a company truly values the positive impact that slowing down has on its employees and as a result on their work performance.

“A little goes a long way when it comes to showing employees that slowing down at times is okay,” Cenni-Leventhal adds. “If the goal is to enhance creativity at work and produce stellar outcomes at a sustainable pace, consider the benefits of slowing down!”