“Productivity” is something of a buzz-word at the moment, but by understanding what it means, and putting in place simple practices, you could see your workforce become much more engaged.
There is a big focus on productivity from the UK government as we as a country are trailing behind other nations in terms of the amount of work produced every hour. A productivity plan has been put in place by the government, however has fallen under criticism, being criticised as “vague”.
Employees need clear and practical targets for productivity to work. In many cases, there needs to be a change in workplace culture and a reassessing of the way in which we are currently working. The latest figures on output per hour of UK workers was 20% lower than the average of other industrialised nations. Economists have said that the economy and standards of living would be significantly higher if the growth rates for pre-financial crisis productivity had been maintained.
So what can businesses do to increase productivity in their own places of work? We’ve put together some tips on small and practical changes that you can make to motivate your workers, get more done and make more money!
Keep it Clean!
A clean and tidy workspace is reflected in your team’s mentality and output. This goes beyond simply tidying up desks. Reorganising the layout of your workplace can increase productivity by creating a more fluent environment. Organising emails and documents into folders also allows your team to access the things they need much quicker and efficiently.
Flexible working is a great motivator for your team, but flexibility doesn’t mean total freedom. Giving staff some room when it comes to working hours is a good idea if possible, but setting clear working hours and ensuring they are adhered to is just as important.
The average attention span is around 25 to 45 minutes. This of course varies from person to person, but by encouraging your employees to take short 5 minute breaks every 30-40 minutes can help them to stay alert and fresh throughout the working day. Stepping away from the workspace, getting some fresh air or doing something physical such as a quick game of table football can be extremely refreshing.
Have short meetings as a team either before you start work or an hour or so into the day. This promotes communication, motivation and allows people to share concerns and workloads if they are struggling. Talk about each other’s schedules and help each other to cut out inefficiencies. Team meetings can also lower the amount of emails sent between each other!
Keep a List
Prompt your staff to convert their workloads into lists. This helps them to visualise how much work they have on their plates and put their tasks into logical and efficient orders. It’s also gratifying to see your workload go down throughout the day and helps to keep your employees motivated and goal orientated.