How to Improve Workplace Productivity

“When the cat’s away, the mice will play.”

It can be difficult to keep your employees focused, especially if your office is an open layout. One employee starts talking about grievances with a friend, another jumps in, and before you know it, a half hour of work was just dedicated to helping “Bob,” instead of staying on track with the task-at-hand.

In fact, according to an Inc.com article, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says the average American is productive for only three hours of their 8-hour day.

THREE HOURS. You’ve binged watched “Making A Murderer” for longer than that.

So you’re wondering, ‘How do I increase my productivity at work?’

The good news is, it’s not just your short attention span that’s affecting your productivity, it’s also your work environment. Everything from noisy co-workers, to whether you sit by a window plays a role in how much you get done in a day.

Below are steps you can take to ensure you’re pulling your weight around the office:

1) Balance collaboration and concentration

86 minutes are lost each and every day because of noisy work environments

You can: Find a quiet space to escape if you feel yourself getting distracted or unplug from the group discussion with headphones. It’s suggested that there’s one enclosed room per every 12 employees.

2) Find the right light

Windows in workspaces provide 17.5% more light exposure than artificial lighting

You can: Sit in a workspace near a window. Not only will it have a positive effect on your productivity, but it’s also been said that people who sleep near windows sleep an average of 46 minutes more each night.

3) Transform your office with a royal makeover

Shades of blue promote tranquility and stability in the workplace and green encourages growth and prosperity while improving creativity

You can: Blue can have a positive effect on your employees. But, if you use too much, it can leave them with the “blues.” Instead of an entire room, choose an accent wall to paint blue in order to keep everyone in balance.

4) Master ergonomics 101

Providing workers with an ergonomic office chair can make them up to 17.5% more productive, while stand-up desks are proven to increase performance

You can: Better equip your employees for success by making sure they’re comfortable in their work environment. They spend an average of 8 hours per day in a chair, so make sure their workspace is making them both happy and productive.

5) Promote smart snacking

Productivity levels spike by 20% when employees are adequately nourished

You can: Encourage healthy at-work eating by stocking the break room with protein bars, granola, fruit, yogurt, jerky, and nuts.

6) Create an office oasis

Employees generate 15% more ideas when plants and flowers are present in the workplace

You can: Aside from having positive effects on your employees, plants can also improve your air quality. Strategically place plants around the building to help with productivity and office aesthetics.

7) Control the clutter

Employees spend an average of 6 weeks per year just looking for things

You can: Keep employees focused and on-task by making documents and information easily accessible, so they can spend more time working and less time looking.

As you can see from the video, TAG does a great job of implementing these tips to help our employees be as productive as possible. Find out more about TAG’s culture here.

Sources:

“INFOGRAPHIC: 9 Ways Office Design Creates a Productive Workspace.” Best Practices, Tips and Fundraising Ideas for Nonprofits. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 May 2017.