5 Ways to ramp up productivity in the workplace
Productivity is both the bane and boon of business. Employers often point the finger at their staff when the numbers aren’t moving in the right direction, blaming everyone but themselves for a lack of productivity and enthusiasm in the workplace. If this sounds familiar, better turn that finger back at yourself.
- Make Repetitive and Quantifiable Tasks Interesting
Gamification is the process of implementing rewards, leaderboards, challenges, or anything that might attach a competitive element to a job role. This ups the stakes, adding an element of play to an otherwise mundane task. What’s more, it can easily be deployed into almost any existing activity. For example, if your company has a sales team making cold calls, the biggest seller could win a prize.
- Leverage Technology to Enhance Communication
Refusing to accept technology is a serious mistake. While implementing new hardware and software usually comes with a steep learning curve, the end results will often leave your operation more streamlined than ever. Messenger apps, such as Slack and Skype, have been a godsend for modern offices all over the world, especially for freelancers (and their clients) who rely on the gig economy to make their way.
While it’s easy to get turned off using mobile applications, fearing they’ll cause more distractions, just remember, we’re living in a world where the “analogue” approach just doesn’t quite cut the mustard anymore. Rather than force your employees to alienate themselves from digital media and technology – leaving them biting their thumbs in the process – use it to your advantage.
- Increase Mobility and Allow Flexible Work Hours
There’s nothing more distracting than having a boss constantly looking over your shoulder. Employers that keep close tabs on employees in this manner might as well just say, “Hey, I don’t trust you.” If you can be a little overbearing, remind yourself why you hired *worker* in the first place. You certainly trusted him/her back then. Who cares if you’ve caught them checking their Facebook account every once in awhile? That’s no reason to keep tabs on somebody. Anyway, haven’t you got a business to run?
- Help Employees Build Bridges With Each Other
Relationship building is the most understated aspect of working life. Nobody will function efficiently if they’re not happy. While the office is a place of work, that doesn’t mean it should be boring. There’s a reason why all the trendy tech giants, like Google and Microsoft, tend to have billiards and table tennis areas scattered throughout their corporate offices. They not only allow employees to take a breather every once in awhile, but serve as a catalyst for conversation, helping co-workers to build meaningful relationships.
- Kill the Motivation Killers!
Sometimes you need to reassess your operation from the ground up and discover which aspects you can refine. Rather than trying to boost motivation, find out what’s killing it in the first place and solve these problems if they exist.
Remember that your staff are human, not robots; everyone can suffer from a burnout. Being productive is great, but sometimes you might need to step in and remind your employees to slow down and take things easy.