It’s been a tough year for people worldwide, but most particularly for office workers. Not only have such people had to deal with adjusting to the monumental change that is working from home, but they’ve also had to come to terms with home schooling children, the possibility of being made redundant or placed on furlough and fearing for the health of their loved ones.
With the above in mind, it’s no surprise at all that productivity in the workplace has dipped after such a turbulent year. Considering employee engagement consistently affects key performance outcomes, regardless of the industry or company, it’s in your best interest to boost productivity in the workplace.
Here are 5 great ways to help you get started…
Ensure you have the right tools and equipment
As an employee, there’s nothing more frustrating than being expected to complete various important tasks on a to-do list without the proper tools and equipment to help. From an old computer that’s both slow and decrepit, to a telephone that constantly dips in and out of audio, productivity in the office is sure to drop if your staff are constantly battling with important gadgets.
Offer support and guidance where necessary
No one likes to feel micromanaged and too much support can feel suffocating, however it’s important to assure your employees that you are available should they ever need help. Instate an ‘open door policy’ to encourage open communication, feedback, and discussion about any matter of importance to an employee. As a result, your staff won’t feel as though they’re fighting certain issues on their own, and will be much more likely to present to you a problem where you can both find the solution.
Show them that you care (and really mean it)
To boost productivity in the workplace, find ways to demonstrate to your staff members that they are not merely just ‘another number.’ Each employee has their own life outside of work, with their own worries and problems. If you’re looking for assistance here, LifeWorks supports employees and their families around the world so they can manage work, health and life challenges.
Maintain a neat and tidy office
Tidy environment, tidy mind… right? By maintaining a neat and tidy office, you could very well see a jump in that all-important engagement. Unorganised filing cabinets, overflowing bins and cluttered desks can serve as a huge distraction for your team, inevitably resulting in missed deadlines and goals that haven’t been reached.
Encourage self-care and time off
Never underestimate the power of ‘recharging the batteries’ after a long and busy week. If your team find that that their workload is continuously spilling into their weekend, it’s a huge red flag. Encourage your employees to use their time off to really look after themselves – whatever that means to them. Perhaps it involves spending time with their family or maybe even visiting a spa? You’ll find that they’ll come back to work on Monday morning feeling refreshed, productive and ready to smash goals.
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