Businesses thrive on productivity. When people in a company are productive, they can get plenty of work done, thus offering more products and or services to consumers.
However, for productivity to come into fruition, employees must be happy and positive. The happier and more positive they are, the more likely they’re be looking forward to going into work every day to tackle their goals.
So, if you want to boost workplace productivity in your company, be sure to follow these 7 great tips:
Place Plants In The Workplace
The office doesn’t have to be bland and uninteresting. In fact, you might be interested to know that many companies allow plants and flowers in the workplace. Why? Because plants bring life and personality into the workplace. Plus, they bring comfort to people who don’t want to feel like they’re being confined indoors.
Plants are also air cleaners and purifiers that improve air quality which improves productivity by diminishing toxicity and offers employee health benefits.
Have An Open Office Plan
No one wants to feel cramped in their workplaces. That’s why it’s important to have an open office plan in the company. Having open spaces allow for more productivity, especially when it comes to collaborations, presentations, sprints, etc. Plus, people aren’t frustrated having to maneuver through tight spaces, nor will they feel claustrophobic. And, openness allows more natural lighting to come in, thus saving a company money on energy bills.
Encourage a Cooperative Company Culture
In any (and, pretty much, every) company – having a workplace culture that promotes employee cooperation is vital. Company culture tells consumers what it feels like to work in the organization, how well employees work together and how human workers well-being is when creating and offering products and services.
So, when the work culture is positive, then you’ll have positive workers, thus boosting overall efficiency in their works. If work culture is negative, then your workers won’t perform well in their works. Therefore, take the time to remind employees of the workplace culture. “And, if needed, improve work culture with the necessary changes based on employee consensus. Remember: Your workplace culture should be an environment where employees feel respected and valued for who they are and the work(s) that they do,” says Paula Richardson, a writer at OXEssays and Lia Help.
Get Rid Of Distractions
While mobile phones and other devices are being allowed in the workplace, they are to a certain extent. In other words, while business calls are allowed, surfing the web or being on social media are not. In fact, needless usage (i.e. social media) can interfere with workplace productivity.
That’s why it’s important to set some ground rules on phones and devices. If you must have a no-phone policy somewhere in the front, then go ahead and establish one. The goal here is to keep everyone in the office on task to ensure a stable productivity line. Allow phone (or device) time only during breaks, so that employees can have time to check their devices before heading back to work.
Speaking of checking in …
Turn Notifications Off
It’s never okay for employees to check into their phones or devices while on the job. It can be tempting for someone to hear a “Ding!” from their phone and answer the alert. That’s why it’s important to encourage your employees to turn off their notifications, and leave them off while they’re working.
“If someone needed to have notifications on, then they should have them set at fixed times, so that those alerts don’t interfere with work. By controlling when and how to get notifications, you and your employees can stay focused on work, rather than have someone check their phone every once in a while,” explains Diana Kers, an HR manager at Essayroo and State Of Writing.
Speaking of checking in at fixed times …
Take Planned Phone Calls
You can also plan when to accept phone calls, and when to hold them for later.
First, think of how you want to accept calls. If you’re expecting an important phone call during the day, then set a time to expect the call, so that you won’t have to worry about it much during work.
Now, if you can go without taking calls for a good while, turn off your phone (or turn off notifications), so that the phone doesn’t distract you or the employees at work.
Regulating calls in this fashion allows you and the company to take the important calls, while not minding the unnecessary ones.
Get Plenty Of Sleep
The last thing you or your employees want is to feel sluggish and sleepy during the day. While many factors can cause people to lose sleep at night, whether it be stress, anxiety, issues outside the workplace, etc. Plus, the fact that employees are subject to the following when it comes to work:
- Early-morning commutes to work
- Work hours being long
- Juggling responsibilities at work
- Trying to get home from work
However, sleep deprivation can also mess with someone’s intellect – memory, responsibility, commitment, and so on. And, the last thing anyone wants is for someone to be sleep deprived or, even worse, pass out from the lack of sleep. Don’t let this be you or any of your employees.
Ensure that you and your employees get plenty of sleep at night. Talk to employees, if you feel that they’re performing slowly, or if they look like they’re tired.
BONUS TIP: Practice Self-Care
We saved the most important tip for last: Take care of yourself.
Believe it or not, it takes a good while to recharge and refresh. So, patience is key, especially with your employees.
So, what can be done to practice self-care?
- Eat right
- Stay active, AND
- Get plenty of sleep.
Also, have wellness meetings every so often, so that if anyone needs additional help with self-care, then they’ll have the resources needed to receive help. Make it your job to stay physically and mentally healthy, so that nothing prevents you from working during the day. Also, encourage your employees to taking care of themselves, so that they won’t feel sluggish or down at work. And don’t forget: Be nice to yourself, and to other people.
As you and your employees grow to care for yourselves, and for each other, the more productive everyone in the company will be.
As you can see, it doesn’t take much to ensure productivity at work. To ensure that you and your employees are performing at their best in the company, follow these 7 simple tips. By keeping these tips in mind, you’ll see an increase in workplace productivity.
About TIGERS Success Series, Inc.
TIGERS is a Bend, Oregon workforce development consultancy that builds work culture cooperation while measuring the quality of six principles necessary for high performance work groups. These principles are trust, interdependence, genuineness, empathy, risk and success.
TIGERS offers assessments, micro-training, team leadership skill training, facilitation and consulting services that transform adequate work groups into high performance work cultures. Schedule a conversation to learn more.