The Importance of Attention Management

The Importance of Attention Management

Technology was supposed to free us from the chores of work and give us more time in the day. More time to enjoy the better things in life. We all believed that we would be so much more productive with all of this technology. Why do we sometimes feel like we have less time than ever before?

Maybe technology was not the promise that we expected. The truth is that we have become slaves to this technology that promised almost endless possibilities. You can now write an email, check Twitter, send a snap and all while sitting in the back row during a training session. The most common response given to this madness is “I am multi-tasking.”

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ‘MULTI-TASKING’. To do two things at once is to do neither. – Publilus Syrus

Of course, some things can be done together – you can eat and watch TV, or chew gum and walk at the same time. When it comes to high demand, cognitive or intellectual activities; these simply cannot occur simultaneously.

Attention management is as important in the workplace today as time management was in the previous era. Productivity is achieved through managing attention rather than managing time. How many times have you faced a day when a hundred things needed to be completed before heading to the airport? As you settle in to your comfortable and spacious seat on the airplane, are you amazed at how much you were able to get done? This was accomplished through attention management. I would bet that there are days when you effectively completed more tasks in four hours than you completed on a day when you spent ten hours in the office.

When you manage your attention – time becomes inconsequential and results are all that really matter. Understanding and managing attention is now the single most important determinant of success. When you put all your attention towards what is important you will see the reward.

***This was a guest post from one of our recruiting team members. We encourage our staff to share their insights and training with others. Learn more about our culture at http://thmedstaffing.com/thmed-careers/

Breaking Stereotypes Webinar: How to Design your Candidate Profile

Breaking Stereotypes Webinar: How to Design your Candidate Profile

Did you miss our webinar last week? Our Chief Information Officer, Sepi McDonnell, examined the current and future shifts in the physician workforce. Learn how to expand your candidate pool to increase activity and how to create balance by diminishing stereotypes when hiring.

First, why “breaking stereotypes”? In our experience as a staffing partner for hospitals and medical groups, we see the good, bad and the ugly of hiring manager’s candidate parameters. We conduct profiles of opportunities, and ultimately the question comes up, “what is your ideal candidate?” We all know what they are not supposed to say, but ultimately some bias sneaks into every answer. That’s where stereotypes come in. It may not come in the initial candidate profile, but it comes up when considering applicants and during the interview process. It also can affect the way you market and source for jobs.

We focused on 3 groups of physicians and how to overcome the stereotypes or misconceptions. Here are 3 important facts we shared:

  1. While paid less, patients treated by female physicians are less likely to die: In 2016, Harvard researchers have found that female doctors who care for elderly hospitalized patients get better results. Previous research has shown that female doctors are more likely to follow recommendations about prevention counseling and to order preventive tests like Pap smears and mammograms. The study’s authors estimate “that approximately 32,000 fewer patients would die if male physicians could achieve the same outcomes as female physicians every year.” Learn More
  2. The age of a physician does not always negatively impact patient care outcomes:  In a study comparing cognitive functioning of surgeons age 60 and older with younger surgeons, 78% of practicing surgeons aged 60-64 performed within the range of younger surgeons on computerized cognitive tasks measuring visual sustained attention, reaction time and visual learning and memory.
  3. Millennial physicians are most different in their approach to collaborative care: A 2016 report, Millennial Mindset: The Collaborative Clinician, released by health agencies GSW, inVentiv Health PR Group, shows that millennial physicians understand pharma ads are out there to educate patients, but rely less than their older counterparts to use pharma marketing to inform their decisions, and they rely mostly on their peers, online resources for advice.

Want more data on trends in the physician workforce and how to avoid stereotyping when hiring? Watch a recording of the webinar and download our slides by following the link below:

THMED Honors Employees for Latest National Awards

THMED Honors Employees for Latest National Awards

THMED continues to be recognized as one of the fastest growing staffing firms. On September 15th, THMED held an ice cream social for its employees to celebrate the company’s recognition for the first time on the Staffing Industry Analyst Fastest Growing US Staffing Firms and the second year on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies.  THMED has grown 128% in just three years!

The ice cream social in our Dallas, Texas location included ice cream sandwiches from Pokey O’s, photo booth fun and minute-to-win-it games stemming around THMED’s core values. Our core values are communication and transparency, want to win and have fun, customer centric, and continuous improvement. Playing games themed around our core values encourages company-wide support of our strong internal culture at THMED.

In our California office, we celebrated in true West Coast fashion with a BBQ on the beach in Dana Point. We also held a silent auction benefiting our corporate cause, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, and we raised over $700 for childhood cancer research.

We appreciate our employees and their hard work, always making a priority to celebrate the successes. It is because of them we are able to be recognized on these lists and continue to grow!

 

THMED Hosts Bowling Tournament for ALSF

THMED Hosts Bowling Tournament for ALSF

THMED held a charity bowling tournament on November 10th and used the opportunity to participate in the #MannequinChallenge. Our bowling tournament benefited Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises money for funding for childhood cancer research. To date, the THMED family of companies have raised over $20,000 for ALSF and continue to find ways to incorporate it into our company events. We had 14 teams consisting of THMED employees from all divisions compete in the event. At the end we gave away prizes for 1st place team, best male and female bowler, and the “toilet bowler” for the lowest score.

#THMED4ALSF #OneCupAtATime #MannequinChallenge

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THMED CFO, Mark McGuire, Honored at the 2016 CFO of the Year Awards

THMED CFO, Mark McGuire, Honored at the 2016 CFO of the Year Awards

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Pictured: Arthur Cooper, President; Mark McGuire, CFO; John Martin, CEO; Michael Douglas, COO

On Thursday, October 27th, the Dallas Business Journal announced its 2016 honorees for CFO of the Year. THMED’s CFO, Mark McGuire, was among those recognized. We are so proud of Mark and his contributions to our company.

The CFO of the Year Awards are given to the chief financial officers and their teams who deliver the most outstanding performances for their companies. A panel of independent judges, drawn from the region’s top financial leaders, determined the winners based on criteria that included:
  • Demonstrated financial growth during the year
  • Success in overcoming significant business challenges or barriers
  • Examples of team leadership and superior management
  • Other factors may include a chief financial officer’s contributions to the community (such as social, nonprofit or charitable giving)
  • Demonstrated commitment to the company’s financial best practices and accounting standards, or success as a strategic visionary for the enterprise

Mark is well-versed in various facets of accounting and financial analysis and has a noted list of accomplishments. He holds a Master of Science degree in Accounting and Information Management from The University of Texas at Dallas, and is a licensed CPA from the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.  Having served as a Financial Analyst at a large healthcare corporation and a Director at another reputable physician staffing firm, Mark brings over ten years of focused, strategic experience to the THMED family of companies. He has managed the financial planning and operational reporting for companies with over $50 million in annual revenue, and he has established efficient practices to address accounting needs. During his years in this industry, Mark worked extensively with budgeting, profit planning and projection, operations analysis, as well as cost accounting, government compliance, and taxes of all types.

Mark credits his father with spurring him towards a career in finance, and, when he was 22 years old working as an accountant, he made a list of the goals he wanted to achieve.

Congratulations, Mark! We are so proud to have you on our team!

Read more at the Dallas Business Journal