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Do you struggle to understand why everything takes so bloomin’ long?
Or are you just the kind of manager who’s always looking to improve things?
This week’s blog is for you!
You should really build and decorate your office space in a way that reflects your company’s values and culture. (Like Google do).
But there are a few generic changes that tend to help companies across the board…
You can even buy “treadmill desks” these days!
During a power hour, your employees must focus 100% of their attention on one task.
No multi-tasking, no distractions and no breaks, just 60 minutes of pure concentration.
You’d be surprised how much they’ll get done in that time.
Most people are more productive in the morning, so perhaps first thing would be a good time to set the “power-hour.”
To find out more, check out this great article.
Your employees will (obviously) feel happier and more engaged at work if they feel appreciated.
So you really must take every opportunity you can to say “thanks” and to celebrate success.
From something as simple as a ‘thank you’ card right through to an elaborate reward scheme, showing your gratitude will boost morale, energy levels and productivity.
There’s one in every company…
That one person (usually a manager) who is addicted to holding meetings; most of which go on for hours and turn out to be pretty useless.
Don’t be that person.
Not only are you wasting your employees’ valuable time, but you’re also affecting morale. Frustration, boredom and “not-another-pointless-meeting” syndrome are bound to kick in.
On the other end of the spectrum, some managers don’t feel the need to have any meetings at all.
Surely you’ve got something to talk about with your staff.
At the very least, it’s important to have…
Of course all of the above will also help you to set expectations for your staff and to make sure that your expectations are being met (and if not, why not).
Yes, you read that right. (A little bit of) procrastination can actually increase productivity…
Basically, we all need a break sometimes, even just to glance at our phone or to watch a ridiculous cat video or to have a chat with a colleague.
Allowing this will boost morale, energy and productivity.
Don’t believe me? Click here to find out more.
People will work harder if they love your business. Because they care more. It’s pretty simple.
So if you can create a culture of mutual respect, value and care, it will boost productivity.
If you can build that kind of “family atmosphere,” you’re really winning!
There are pros and cons to allowing social media at work.
But I guess at the end of the day, it kind of depends on how much you trust your staff?
And also whether banning it will make a difference anyway – they’ll still be able to access it via their mobile phone, on 3G!
There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to allowing social media in the office.
The dangers are…
- Misuse and procrastination.
- “Mistakes” could make your company look bad.
- Malicious intent.
- Bullying and harassment.
However the possible pros are…
- Increased morale and employee engagement (and therefore productivity).
- Better employer branding.
- Better branding.
- More efficient internal communication.
- The opportunity for personal development.
Click here to get the full story.
Like we said in point seven, a little bit of procrastination is fine… but there is a line and unfortunately, some people will cross it.
Use some of the features of gaming to make your workplace more fun, competitive and therefore more productive.
- Prizes (rewards) for reaching certain targets.
- Competitions (individual and team vs team).
- Leader boards.
- Gongs. (Yep, gongs.)
We’re a competitive species; we like to feel the power and recognition of being better than others and we also like receiving treats!
You should always encourage a good work-life balance for your employees.
Staff members who work outrageous and unsociable hours are guaranteed to be more stressed (and unhappy) whilst lacking energy and productivity.
(That’s also when mistakes happen…)
Some of these productivity tips are pretty obvious, but you’d be surprised how many managers out there are still ignoring them.
It’s the little things that count!