The Single-Eyed Employee

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The typical employee has a fully-kitted arsenal of devices: personal phone, work phone, laptop, tablet. And on these devices are even more productivity tools: calendar, organizer, Skype, reminder apps, notepad apps, text messaging, email apps, messenger apps  and these are just the productive applications. Add to that, news updates, blogs, websites, linkedIn, facebook, twitter, instagram, and other dubiously productive forms of social media and we can easily say this: the typical employee has a fully-kitted arsenal of distraction.

A recent study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology suggests that our brains are finely attuned to distraction  even the slightest interruption has the power to decrease our productivity significantly.

Further research shows that the majority of us can only truly focus for an average of six hours a week! It’s crucial that we use the time wisely.

And while it is easy enough for employees to make legitimate claims about their distractions, losing focus at work typically leads to reduced productivity: missed deadlines, passed opportunities, raise denial, demotion and increased stress levels which may, eventually, result in employee redundancy.

If you struggle with focusing at work, here are a few tips to help convert all that distracted energy into single-eyed efficiency:

1. Identify your most productive hours in the day.

The work week is structured to utilize daytime effectively; however some people are just not very efficient in the morning. Many people find that mid-afternoon to early evening is when they are best able to concentrate, while others thrive at night.

It is important that you identify your most productive hours. This will help you plan your day, allocating the toughest tasks to the most productive times even if that means getting some work done outside of normal office hours. You can tweet in your less productive hours, instead.

2.  Remove all distractions.

Be rigorous! Hide your phone, turn off your email notifications, and delete your Candy Crush app for as long as you need to complete your tasks and deadlines. In fact, eliminate social media temptation by turning off the Internet altogether if possible. Missing a few phone calls or emails will not upset your day as much as being unproductive will.

3. Restrain your inner child. 

Distraction and procrastination are intertwined; it’s rare to find one without some trace of the other. When we procrastinate, we’re simply succumbing to the distractions around us, putting off work in order to feel good in the moment. However, difficult and unpleasant tasks will not magically become easier when moved to another hour or day. The quickest way to break the habit is to realize that getting started on important tasks has nothing to do with how you feel.

It is crucial to remember that employers of talent reward single-eyed focus and efficiency, with little regard for the number of hours spent idling on the internet. Turn away from distraction and watch your productivity increase in leaps and bounds.

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L-R: GoodLuck Linda, WOSSA Chief Welfare officer; Helen Unabor, WOSSA Chief Protocol officer; Olawale Osundele, Regional Head, Lagos Island 1, Lagos Island 1 Zone, Heritage Bank; Amb. Tayo Thomas, President of WOSSA; Dame Jennifer Omotayo-Thomas, Vice president, WOSSA and John Adah, Team Member, Corporate Communications, Heritage Bank, during the award ceremony held in Lagos to mark this year’s International Widows Day themed: Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”


Heritage Bank supports over 500 widows, receives UN Award for Humanitarian Service 

Heritage Bank received the 2022 United Nations Award for Humanitarian Service from the Widows & Orphans Support Society of Nigeria (WOSSA), as no fewer than 500 widows and orphans in Lagos State benefitted from the Bank’s support. 

This was made known during the award ceremony held in Lagos to mark this year’s International Widows Day themed: Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”.

The event was an opportunity to recognize Heritage Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) roles to widows, their children and other less privileged within the society.

Speaking during the awards presentation, Founder, Widows & Orphans Support Society of Nigeria (WOSSA), Ambassador Tayo Thomas, said Heritage Bank is one of the group’s key partners and has for years shown massive support to the widows. 

He said: ” Basically, we are giving this award to people and organizations that have been supporting the less privileged widows. These are our partners, they have been doing great service to humanity, especially service the less privileged widows in meeting their financial needs and those of their children”. 

Continuing, he said: “The United Nations Humanitarian Award is to appreciate and acknowledge them for their support to the less privileged widows. The United Nations Humanitarian Award is an award we give every 24th of June to those who have really supported the widows. Those who have joined us to fight against injustice against the widows. That is the reason for today”. 

Speaking at the event, Heritage Bank Regional Head, Lagos Island 1, Olawale Osundele, said the bank has for years, remained committed to improving people’s lives. 

He said: “It has always been one of our front liners to always improve the quality of people’s lives right from childhood. And today that they are marking the International Widow’s Day, we are also part of the support team to WOSSA in various aspects.”

“We have been supporting them in terms of providing quality education for children of widows to ensure that life after the death of their husband is still good to them and their children. We also support the children and orphans and the less privileged in the society,” he added.

According to Osundele, the bank’s support to the widows has always been a source of joy to them.  “It means that life still means a lot to them. You can see the joy in their faces. Despite what they are going through, they are still very happy and relevant in society,” he said. 

One of the widows at the event, Mrs. Felicia Ugwunwanne thanked Heritage Bank and WOSSA for their continuous support to the widows and less privileged. 

She said that WOSSA is through the support of partners such as Heritage Bank, making life better for the widows and their children. 

“The WOSSA has for years, been assisting so many of us, including our children and orphanages. WOSSA gives us cash, help some widows to pay their house rent, school fees for widows’ children, among other things,” she said.

Ugwunwanne said the widows under WOSSA are being trained for skills acquisition to improve the quality of their lives.

“I am aware that the WOSSA is working on securing loans from Microfinance Bank, and we have completed forms to achieve the purpose. Our members are prepared to access the loans. Some of the widows have gone to learn some skills that will enable them to invest and succeed in whatever craft or business they are doing so that they will not continue to depend on people,” she said. //END.//

Ozena Utulu, Ag. Group Head, Corporate Communications