5 Ways to Increase Productivity at Work

No matter what kind of work your business does, there’s no way your operations wouldn’t benefit from your employees being more productive. Still, increasing workplace productivity is more difficult than it may first seem. But there’s no need to worry even if you’re unable to find good ways to help your team members get more work done, since we’ve come up with 5 of these that are guaranteed to do the trick for you.

1. Try to Discourage Multitasking

Multitasking seems like a great way to get more work done, right? Wrong! While tackling two tasks at the same time you might get the feeling that you’re being more productive but the truth is, you’ll be getting less work done. This is the case because when multitasking, you lose the focus necessary for completing each of the tasks at hand effectively. Not only this, but multitasking is known to cause stress, which is one of the productivity’s biggest enemies. So, if your employees have a habit of multitasking, trying to discourage them from doing so can turn out to be a good idea. The best way to do this is to create a schedule that’ll help everyone focus on one thing they should get done.

2. Go Green

The focus in the last couple of years was on preserving the environment. And it wasn’t only homeowners who were trying to reduce their impact on the environment but a lot of companies tried to do the same. The best thing about this is that by aiding in preserving the environment, you can also help your employees be more productive. For example, introducing plants into your office is a great way to go green and it can also help you reduce the noise and the number of sick days your employees take. On top of this, you can start relying on electricity less by installing new windows in your office. These should provide your team members with natural light which is known to reduce workplace stress.

3. Get Rid of Office Clutter

If there’s one thing that keeps your employees from being productive, it’s office clutter. And after you’ve been open for business for some time, you’re ought to find your office filled with things you and your employees don’t really need. And not only that those things take up valuable space inside the office but they also make the entire place seem cramped, which is guaranteed to cause your team members a lot of stress. That said, purging ruthlessly and making your office clutter free is something you can never go wrong with. Take a look at all the things around the office and ditch everything that hasn’t been used in a long time.

4. Create the Ultimate Break Room

A break room is an amazingly important part of every modern office. It allows your employees to relax and have fun, which is the key to increased productivity. Of course, in order for this to work, you have to make sure you get your break room design right. What this means is that you should use comfy floor rugs and quality furniture when designing your break room. On top of that, you might want to include something that’s going to make office breaks more fun. This is where things such as TV, gaming console or a ping-pong table are your safest bet. Including a balcony in your break room can also be a huge plus.

5. Say Goodbye to the Office Coffee Pot

We all tend to drink coffee when we’re supposed to work. However, studies have shown that this is where water may be a much better option since it can create an immediate 14% increase in brain function. Therefore, saying goodbye to office coffee pot and replacing it with a quality water cooler is something you can never go wrong with. In case some of your employees believe this may not be a good idea, you can try to minimize the blow by going for a machine that carbonates water or adds a flavor. If your employees start drinking more water, make sure they avoid sugary drinks since these tend to negate the positive effects water has on their brain function.

Do all the things we’ve talked about earlier and you’ll be guaranteed to see your business operations receive a huge boost. Of course, you should always keep looking for new ways to achieve increased office productivity and have your employees get more work done in as little time as possible.

About the Author

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Dan Miller is a Payments officer with nearly ten years of experience in banking and international payments in the Australian banking sector. He has a masters degree in finance and banking. He is married and also a father of a beautiful little girl.