Dear Colleagues and Friends,
We received the below from our UNGSC FSU Committee, with some great tips on working Smarter, in particular in the era of remote work and constant back-to-back zoom or MsTeams Meetings, the advice provided below including the scientific evidence makes good sense! Promotional posters can be used at your discretion.
Greetings UNFSU Executive,
We have received a recommendation, or proposal, on changing our approach to meetings.
In short, instead of 1hr or 30 min meetings, we can cut-off 10 & 5 minutes respectively.
For sure, staff complain perpetually about back-to-back meetings.
Never even time to go to the bathroom, get a drink, or anything else. This puts a lot of stress on staff.
Having two minutes to take a breather and stretch your legs can work wonders for you – and thus we thought it might be good if you may want to propagate the idea to missions and // or management.
Attached are a couple of promotional posters, and below is the research // supporting evidence in case you would like further reading.
For your usual perusal
About the pomodoro technique<francescocirillo.com/pages/pomodoro-technique>, by consultant Francesco Cirillo.
Scientific papers supporting it:
www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110208131529.htm (A new study in the journal Cognition overturns a decades-old theory about the nature of attention and demonstrates that even brief diversions from a task can dramatically improve one’s ability to focus on that task for prolonged periods.)
www.apa.org/monitor/2013/07-08/dull-moment (American Psychological Association – the importance of stimulation to keep attention)