What happens when someone from your organization drops in at your desk? Do you “multitask” by half-listening to their words while also looking at your computer screen? We’re all busy and it’s easy to fall into this trap.
When we “multitask” we send a not-so-subliminal message to our visitor that we don’t believe their issue, their conversation, their presence is important. This weakens the relationship.
If what’s on your screen is truly more important, with kindness ask your visitor to return in 10 minutes, or agree to a time when you can give them the attention they deserve.
If what’s on your screen is not as important as the relationship in front of you, press the Windows logo key + L. This will lock your computer and remove the distraction, allowing you to focus on the person. (On a Mac this is Ctrl + Shift + Eject)
By the way, this is as important with our partners, our children, our housemates and our friends as it with with our colleagues and associates.