Many varies factors play an active role in employee engagement and levels of productivity. What’s more, this will also vary between different people, businesses, and situations. However, there are certain steps that you can take to maximise productivity and work towards a more successful working environment.
The term team building will send a shiver down the spines of many employees, me included. It brings visions of army days and cringe worthy bonding sessions that many of us hate with a passion. But team building done the correct way can still be invaluable. It work colleagues develop better communication skills with each other, and perhaps friendships and bonds, then that benefits a business. Modern team building can be versatile and adaptable. It is up to management to develop the best process to benefit workers, rather than alienate them. Develop sessions that play to the strengths of those that attend.
Time for a bit of science. Working continuously without a break is not productive and leads to mistakes and reduced efficiently. Even a sleep can help retain information and a break certainly helps retain sharpness through subsequent work. Those who do not take regular breaks throughout the working day are putting themselves at increased risk of burnout.
Taking regular breaks, especially with a bit of exercise (a stretch or brisk walk), and a move away from the computer screen. Make a drink, or even just have a chat are essential to staying productive and efficient at work.
Goals and Deadlines
No one likes a deadline, but they have their uses. Personally, as someone who works from home, I struggle sometimes to motivate myself. Deadlines help me, as they focus my mind. When there is something tangible to work towards, the majority of employees will up their game in order to reach that goal. No one wants to miss a deadline, especially for something important. The important thing to remember is that the deadlines and goals must always be realistic. There is little to gain by pushing yourself or work colleague to the brink of exhaustion. nor is bringing extra, unnecessary stress into the workplace of any benefit to anyone.
If you are responsible for employees, a great way to increase productivity and keep people active, mentally as much as physically is via collaboration. Working together on projects, whether it is a fully cooperative effort or simply having a sounding board to bounce initial ideas around, can be a massive help when it comes to productivity. The team spur on each other, and help cut out lulls in productivity. Ideas can be bounced off each other and problems solved as a team.
Avoid A Prison Environment
Employees need to feel comfortable in their work environment. It helps no one to restrict freedom or happiness in the workplace. With that in mind, employers should have rules, but use common sense and flexibility where relevant. Allows employees to alter work patterns for special reasons. Offer excellent work-related benefits. Care about employee welfare. Allowing for a freer schedule and allowing employees to make their own decisions – to a degree – and prioritise their own workload can do wonders for improving productivity.
By following the steps above and actively working to ensure your employees are happy, motivated, and successful, it surely won’t be long before you – or your business – starts to reap the rewards.