In the article, we describe observation in contemporary organizations instead of defining outdated and academic probable factors for the high productivity of people in companies.
We live in a world of constant connection, a place, and time in which we have lost sight of the importance and benefits of being alone.
Offices abandon single booths in favor of wide-open common areas. In an increasing number of schools, children do not sit in departmental desks, working independently on tasks, but participate in small groups, seeking together to answer the questions asked by the teacher.
It seems that the ringing sounds typical of all the high-tech gadgets we have become constant background noise, inseparable from our daily lives, informing us of every new tweet, Facebook post, or Instagram tag. Even something as banal as cooking dinner has become an event worthy of sharing with any known and unknown person on the social networking list.
As a result of this constant connection with the outside world, many of us do not have time to be alone. At every turn, we are told that this constant social contact is something positive and that connection with others is something without which we cannot live our lives fully. However, at times, all this connection becomes too much and begins to affect our lives negatively?
A study involving 600 computer programmers from 92 companies found that while productivity levels were relatively stable across firms, the differences between companies were much more pronounced.
More productive organizations had one thing in common – they all abandoned the idea of open offices and provided a personal workspace for each of their employees. As many as 62% of employees in leading organizations said they had sufficient privacy at work. For underperforming companies, this result is 19%. Also, 76% of people working in a shared office noted that they often fall prey to unnecessary interruptions.
Loneliness is not only positive in the professional environment, but it is also just as important for your mental and emotional well-being. To get the best out of life, you need to learn to appreciate the time you spend alone. The list of benefits is too long, so here are just a few of the most important ones.
Recovery and recharging
Each of us, even the most social extroverts, needs time to rest and recover. In that respect, nothing compares to the time you spend alone with yourself. The peace and quiet you experience when you break away from external influence is a vital part of the process of coping with the stress and nerves of everyday life.
You can do whatever you want.
As enjoyable and fun as it is, the time they spend in the company of others inevitably creates a need for compromise. You have to adapt your ideas to others’ desires and opinions constantly.
Solitude gives you the freedom to do what you really want. You can dress whatever you want, eat what you eat, and work on projects that you find interesting and meaningful.
You learn to believe in yourself.
Being free is not just about being able to do what you want. Freedom also includes the ability to trust your intuition and clarify your thoughts, avoiding external pressure and foreign influence.
Loneliness helps us to form a clear idea of who we really are, what we know and what decisions are right for us. When people surround us, even if we are not aware of it, we observe other people’s reactions to judge whether our reactions and feelings are appropriate.
When we are alone, this evaluation comes only from ourselves. In this way, we develop our own ideas and views without having to conform to others’ opinions and views.
Once you begin to feel satisfied with the time you spend in solitude, you will find out where your options really lie, unencumbered by the bonds of someone else’s perspective.
Enhancing emotional intelligence
Emotional intelligence (EQ) can be described as an ability that allows you to recognize and understand both strangers and your own emotions and use that knowledge to shape your behavior and the relationships you have with others.
Self-knowledge is at the heart of emotional intelligence. If you want to increase your EQ, you must first realize who you really are. Yes, motivation in people at work depends on their EQ.
To understand your emotions and the reasons behind how you respond to different people and situations, you need to undergo careful self-analysis, which can only be achieved in a secluded environment that filters out external turmoil and noise.
If you are bored and annoyed when you are alone, you can easily conclude that you are an annoying person and that you need to be surrounded by people to feel good. Your self-esteem will increase significantly as you learn to enjoy the time you spend alone, confirming to yourself that your company is the only one without which you cannot.
You learn to appreciate others more.
Time spent in privacy will allow you to see your loved ones in a completely different light. It will remind you how much you love these people and how grateful you are for them.
You do more work
Researchers at Texas A&M University have found that group brainstorming impairs productivity due to the phenomenon known as “cognitive fixation.” In general, cognitive fixation is the tendency of people working in groups to concentrate on others’ ideas, reducing their own ability to generate suggestions. The larger the group, the stronger the fixation on a small group of ideas. When you are alone with your thoughts, you eliminate the scattering factors and avoid external resistance.
Everyone can learn a lot from the time they spend in solitude. Allow it.