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It is not enough for a business to just produce quality work, nor can they get by with just being experts in their field. Today, if a business, even a good business is not able to grow, it will begin to die a slow death in the wake of so much competition.
The demands are great. Optimize productivity, keep up with new advancements, relate to the consumer, and become more efficient. With all these demands, it’s no wonder that stress and anxiety are taking its toll. Being able to decrease the stress levels of employees and improve productivity lies in how well a business structures its workplace environment. Here are ten different ways your business can experience a boost in productivity.
1. Make Sure Employees Are Properly Equipped
You want your employees to feel like they are a part of the company. This is more than just giving them work to do; it means including them in decisions and making sure that they have what they need to get the job done. Giving them the right tools to communicate, perform their tasks, and collaborate helps them to feel like they are a respected part of a team, which will make them want to work harder and perform their best.
2. Yield To Their Working Styles
Everyone has a different working style. Some people prefer to work in a quiet environment while others may enjoy a bit more noise. Allow each employee to tailor their working conditions to suit their most productive state. Those who work better alone could be given quieter place; perhaps in a quiet corner or a private office. Those who prefer more activity can be likewise supported.
Rather than trying to do all the work yourself, involve your employees. It gives them a higher sense of responsibility and a purpose, which can increase morale and job satisfaction. It also gives them a chance to learn new skills and build on their experience.
Readers who like this post may already appreciate the value of a clean working environment, but cleanliness is more than just wiping down surfaces. It also includes keeping the environment clutter free. Having too much clutter can distract workers and make it difficult to complete necessary tasks. Employees should be allowed to personalize their space, but make sure it doesn’t get too carried away.
5. Maintain A Comfortable Temperature
Productivity can suffer if employees are too hot or too cold. Ideal working temperatures are usually in the range of 68-70F (20-21C). Make sure that your heating and air-conditioning systems are working well and can maintain an optimum temperature regardless of the conditions outside.
6. Resist The Temptation To Micromanage
Employees that are given a certain level of autonomy perform better and are far more productive than those whose managers want to control every detail of their job. The best workers are those who are self-starters and can work independently whenever needed. Evidence shows that the more freedom workers have the happier they are.
7. Bring In Some Nature
Numerous studies show that certain scents can have a powerful effect on our moods. These scents usually come from the natural world around us. If you’re located in an office or a confined environment, consider keeping the windows open if possible, or bringing in some live plants. Even a small bouquet of flowers can do much to liven up a drab office.
8. Adequate Lighting
Working in an environment with poor lighting can feel claustrophobic. Studies show that adding some natural lighting can improve productivity. Sometimes though, you can’t control the amount of lighting you have. If that’s the case, consider bringing in a lamp or light to brighten things up. A warm light from a lamp can give a similar effect to basking in the warmth of the sun’s glow, making everyone feel relaxed.
9. Make Reasonable Demands
It is important for managers to encourage more productivity but being overly demanding may not be the answer. Too many demands and workers may become discouraged and lose their zeal. If the job is already high demand, consider offering perks as an incentive to get them to work harder.
At its very core, a successful team is one that can communicate well with each other. In many offices, information only flows one way, but two-way communication is the most successful. Statistics show that 80% of workplace conversation is wasted on things in the past that cannot be changed and only 5% is spent on the present. Change this dynamic in your workplace and you’ll see greater productivity.
By maintaining the environment to encourage comfort, autonomy, and respect, you can increase your level of productivity and make your employees feel as if they are a part of something rather than just an instrument to meet your needs.