If you run a business, lead a team or are a part of a team, you know that enhancing workplace productivity is something that can’t be overlooked. With an average of 7.7 hours spent during a work day, sometimes the work produced doesn’t match the hours spent in the office as employees sometimes lose their daily focus.
Losing focus during a long work day is only natural at times, but work needs to be produced regardless of what occurs during the day. So how do you increase work productivity? The most obvious and easy way is to increase your or your team’s employee engagement.
A recent study shows that highly engaged employees are 38% more likely to have above-average productivity. In addition, the study states that increasing employee engagement investments by 10% can increase profits by $2,400 per employee, per year. But you don’t always need to invest cash to make work enjoyable. Here are a few tips on how to get more engaged and produce better results.
Building the right environment is very important for an employee to feel comfortable during their work day. Simple things such as decorating a workspace can truly make work feel more like home. In addition, if your work area allows it, having natural light can really boost productivity.
According to a study carried out by Business in the Community, natural lighting can result in happier workers, less absenteeism, and fewer illnesses, and, because better lighting encourages satisfaction among workers, it also results in increased productivity. Other ways to build the right environment is to have the tools needed, such as:
One simple and none-expensive way to increase productivity is to drink more water. If you own your own business or lead a team, providing your employees with a filtered hydration system, such as a bottleless water cooler, you can increase your productivity at work by 14 percent. In addition, making sure to stay well hydrated throughout the work day can lead to a reduction in fatigue, provide an energy boost, fight stress, prevent headaches and strengthen the immune system.
Ever notice how a child can make any situation playful and creative? That’s because they are typically good at thinking outside the box, since most of their waking moments are spent at play. Adding some fun activities throughout the day can do the same for employees. Making the work place fun can increase creativity, better employee’s mood and help workers see obstacles in a different light. Some fun that can be built throughout the day are:
Studies have shown that taking regular breaks from mental tasks can improve productivity and creativity and skipping breaks can actually lead to stress and exhaustion. Unfortunately, because of the size of our workload or because it’s sometimes easy to get lost in your work, many don’t take their allowed breaks during their day. In order to promote regular breaks, and improve productivity employees can:
Providing a great working environment can be beneficial, but overall, a good team culture can truly make people excited to come to work and willing to perform to their best ability. In order to provide a good working culture, you can:
Although big companies sometimes pour a lot of cash into providing certain amenities for their employees, which does improve overall employee engagement, it’s not always necessary. Building a fun, productive and caring company and team culture will build employee loyalty and increase overall productivity.