High productivity at the workplace means that your business has the right culture. At its core, a happy workplace environment allows employees the space and equipment they need to perform their tasks.
According to Gallup, companies that can double the number of engaged employees get 147% higher revenue than their competitors.
So what can your company do to ensure that you retain your employees and keep them happy, engaged, and productive? There are a few easy ways to improve workplace productivity, so read on to find out more:
Avoid unproductive meetings
Nothing makes your employees roll their eyes more than yet another “pointless” meeting. Sometimes a quick email update or a phone call is enough.
Of course, meetings are an important part of every business. They keep everyone engaged and up to date with major projects. But it’s helpful to keep their number down, so assessing which ones are unproductive is key to employee productivity.
On the other hand, meetings are a fantastic way to promote team building and improve communication, so don’t remove them altogether. “If your organisation is work from home only, regular catch-ups are important, and not just on Zoom. Encouraging your employees to leave the house and meet their colleagues face to face is a great way to keep them engaged and happy. You can do this by booking a room for the day at a coworking space,” says Jeremy Ellis, co-founder and chief innovator at LaunchPad.
One way to improve workplace productivity is to allow your employees to take occasional breaks. There are a lot of time management and productivity techniques that your staff can use.
Allowing a 10-15 minute break a couple of times a day, in addition to their lunch break, allows your team to recharge and feel more ready to tackle their work when they return to their desks.
Another popular technique that uses time management & breaks is the Pomodoro Technique developed by Francesco Cirillo. Named after a tomato-shaped kitchen timer he used as a university student, this technique breaks work into 25-minute intervals followed by a short break. Many people find this method helpful, so make sure to give your employees the space to implement it.
Using 90-minute time cycles has also been proved to be extremely effective, and you could even suggest this method to your employees and follow up on results.
Consider workspace productivity design
Never underestimate the power of a well-designed workspace and what it can mean for the productivity of your employees. A study by Gensler on workplace productivity found that the most significant factor in an employee’s ability to focus is their physical environment.
“It’s been researched that a well-designed workspace can increase productivity. However, with remote work taking over traditional offices, the workspace design is left in the hands of the employees. For some, that’s great, whereas for others, it can be a disruptive place that affects their productivity,” adds Ellis.
This is where a hybrid option comes into play – investing in a coworking space that is focused on design that enhances creativity and therefore increases the productivity of your staff.
Whatever your work environment, making sure the space is clean and free of clutter and encourages personalization (an indoor plant, for example) makes the workspace a pleasant place to see every day.
Great company culture is reflected in the happiness of your employees, staff retention, and overall productivity. And by simply implementing these solutions, you’ll start reaping the benefits of your staff’s productivity in no time.
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