Feeling Good Helps to Produce Good Results For those of us who wake up in the morning to work for a living, we know that spending a majority of the day in our workplaces can become tiresome and overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be. By following the right steps and making a few key changes, your workplace can encourage more productivity, collaboration, and connection. How? Productivity can be continuously improved, for example, by taking regular breaks throughout the day, conducting stand-up meetings and more.
Let’s take a look at four major tricks that can boost productivity for you and your staff:
Take regular breaks throughout the day
Should you encourage your staff members to step away from their hectic schedules every once in a while? In 2014, Staples conducted an online survey of more than 200 participants to test whether or not taking regular breaks during the workday can, in fact, increase employee productivity. While the results vary, “90 percent of employers say they encourage breaks, and 86 percent of respondents acknowledge taking a break would make them more productive at work.” You should give it a try and see what happens.
Decorate your workspace to your liking
From a yoga studio to a wellness center, it’s important to maintain a comfortable environment that promotes motivation and productivity. According to a recently published article on LinkedIn, some ways to excite the senses and increase mental alertness in the workplace are to introduce art, sculptures and plants and to use materials in a variety of different colors and textures. So, if you’re currently surrounded by dull beige walls, set aside time for a makeover. Choose blue to symbolize intelligence and confidence, green for energy and growth, orange for creativity and determination, and so on.
Don’t try to multitask
In a 2013 published article, Time Inc. states, “Multitasking is a weakness, not a strength.” You may have been thinking this whole time that multitasking is a skill, a resume enhancer, but research has shown that juggling several tasks at once can actually have a harmful effect on the brain. Instead, make a to-do list, put aside 20 minutes for each task before starting on the next one or use HealingRadiusPro for effective calendar management.
Conduct meetings while standing up
If you have a large enough staff where regular gatherings are necessary, then you know how sit-down meetings can take precious time out of a busy day. So, what is a more efficient approach that brings your staff members together to discuss strategies and progress in a timely manner? The answer: stand-up meetings. You’ll be able to keep it brief and to the point as you focus on one particular topic.
Are there other specific ways that you boost productivity in your workplace? Share them here!
Allison Barfield is a content writer for Span Enterprises and has been writing since she first learned to hold a pencil, shortly after birth. After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2013 with a B.A. in media arts she fell in love with marketing. She's been copy writing and managing multiple blogs ever since.