It's hard to keep employees productive in the workplace at times. No matter how awesome your team is, people just get burnt out sometimes. Or, maybe they don't know the best time-saving skills. Whether you're in HR looking to increase productivity company-wide or someone looking to increase productivity on an individual level, keep on reading for some tips we've gathered just for you!
Make Sure You Give Your Brain a Break
This is one of the simplest things you can do to increase productivity, but it's also one of the hardest! Forcing yourself away from your packed to-do list may seem counterproductive, but taking small breaks to "reset" your brain can actually make you more focused throughout the day. Studies show that human brains aren't meant to focus on one thing for long periods of time, therefore taking short breaks throughout the day can actually help you stay on-task and check off more of your to-do list!
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Don't Block Internet Access
Blocking time-wasting sites may seem like a good idea. If the temptation to waste time isn't there, time won't get wasted, right? Wrong. Even with social media blocked, many employees still lack productivity. One way to increase productivity, however, is to use the distraction of social media for the good of your company! Social media is a powerful tool in marketing, and everyone in your company should be involved with your company's social media entities. Employees should be liking, sharing and commenting on your company's pages, as well as other companies that are relevant to your business.
Giving people a reason to get excited can put some energy into a dragging office. Offering small things like a free lunch or a gift card if an employee reaches a certain milestone can be a great way to put some pep in everyone's step. Some examples of incentives are:
- Gift cards
- Company swag (t-shirts, etc.)
- Summer Fridays
Create a Positive Office Culture
Office culture is key to employee happiness. A family-like atmosphere helps everyone; Employees who are happy and get along are more likely to complete tasks at a quicker rate than those who are bickering or don't feel as if they are allowed to ask their neighbor questions. Make sure every employee knows that they are being heard, and that their supervisors are there to answer any question they may have!
A confident employee is a productive employee. Build new hire's confidence by giving them comprehensive on-boarding training, and continue building that confidence throughout an employee's tenure with your company by continuing training throughout their time with you. The more an employee knows, the less time they will waste trying to figure out the solution to their problem. Celebrating accomplishments will also instill confidence as well as build a positive office culture!