Workplace productivity is a big concern for many businesses. Productivity directly affects a business’ growth and so it is in any boss’ interest to create more productive employees and seamless systems. In this post, we will give you a few tips to increase productivity. From identifying weak spots in your processes to improving office furniture for a more comfortable and more productive workforce – this post has something everyone can implement.
A healthy workforce is a productive workforce. There’s a lot of ways you can help with employee health. If your employees work a desk job, for example, their chair will play a huge role in their health. Ergonomic chairs which offer the correct support and therefor reduce aches and pains, for instance, will leave your employees feeling happier and healthier. There is a wide range of ways to create a healthy workplace from office furniture to better air quality, explore the options and find which work for your workplace.
Good health habits don’t even need to take place in the workplace. Simply fostering a culture that cares about employee health can help encourage healthy activities outside of the office. You don’t need to offer free gym memberships, though some businesses do, by making health (in all forms; mental, physical etc.) an ever-present conversation within the workplace you can inspire it outside the workplace.
Are things not going as fast as you’d hope? This doesn’t mean there’s an issue with the process. Instead, there might be one cog in the machine which is bringing productivity down. You’re only as strong as your weakest link and when it comes to productivity this could mean that one area of low productivity, a bottleneck, is slowing down the process. Do you have a quality control centre that is backed up? Production may be running smoothly but if quality control is taking too long it may seem as though anything after that point, like packaging, is the issue. Don’t reinvent all your processes, look for the weak spots and fix those cogs. The weak link isn’t always big either. Perhaps theirs a queue for the printer that could be fixed with a better printer or a second one. Maybe there’s an approval process that gets too many requests leaving people twiddling their thumbs whilst they wait. Adding a new person into a position to make approvals could speed things along perfectly.
Distractions are everywhere. Especially online. Each distraction chips away at productivity and combined over a long period or across a large workforce the countless hours lost can be staggering. Social media is likely one of the biggest culprits when it comes to stealing your employees’ time. By installing site blockers on computers and limiting phone use to breaks you can claim back a lot of time. If site blockers are a little too heavy-handed for your liking it is still possible to get employees to give up scrolling through Facebook during work hours. By fostering the right culture, having an open discussion with employees and allowing breaks for people to get their social media fix – you can reduce distraction and increase productivity.
But there are other distractions too, one’s employees don’t choose. Like noise. A noisy workplace can be very distracting. From removing the causes of the noises to creating quit workspaces for employees who find the noise distracting there are plenty of ways to help employees maintain focus and productivity.
Productivity can be lost in a variety of ways. Poor health among employees will decrease their output and so too will distractions. On the other side of the coin flaws in systems and processes can create bottlenecks which slow down the whole process. There’s plenty of things decreasing your company’s productivity but they have solutions.