A company’s most important resource are its employees. Given that employee productivity directly influences the success of a business, a significant body of research focused on identifying what can impact productivity in the workplace.
These studies paint a complex image which outlines the many factors that can be used to increase employee productivity. Based on the recommendations which can be drawn from them, below you can find 3 strategies that can help you increase your employees’ output:
- Aim for employee happiness
Happy employees are productive employees, at least that’s what a study conducted in the UK shows. The study found that happier employees can have up to a 20% increase in productivity! There are many ways in which you can create a working environment that promotes happiness. Making your employees feel that they have a say in the decision making process, encouraging communication and making them feel it is safe to express their questions will prevent bottlenecks and decrease processing time, as well as the number of errors, with a positive impact on productivity.
Also important is to make your employees feel valued for their work. Offer positive feedback whenever you have the chance, and celebrate everyone’s contribution – no matter how small – to the team’s success. Done consistently, this was found to increase loyalty towards the business and, implicitly, the effort put into work – translated in an up to 30% boost in productivity.
- Make your company feel like family
The average employee spends over 8 hours a day in the office. That means they spend almost as much time with their co-workers as with their friends and family. Making your employees feel part of a large, organizational ‘family’ will create a sense of belonging and accentuate their loyalty towards your company.
This implies being sensitive to their individual needs and allowing them flexibility when needed, assuming this is possible. Furthermore, it is important to create a meritocracy type of environment where everyone feels equally encouraged to grow professionally. Creating such an inclusive environment will have a positive effect on confidence, motivation and, implicitly, productivity.
- Create a comfortable working environment
The layout of the office space, the lighting, the choice of chairs and desks can all influence productivity. In this sense, while it comes at a price, bear in mind that giving your employees more space will make them less stressed and will help them focus better on their tasks, and that this will obviously help their productivity in the long run. Similarly, the office furniture should be seen as an investment in your employees’ well-being and their productivity. Well-designed chairs and desks can minimize distraction caused by discomfort and increase your employees’ efficiency.
Lighting is also very important, especially when working on the computer for many hours in a row. Try to rely as much as possible on natural light, as artificial light is more tiring on the eyes and has a negative impact on productivity.
And, if you’ve sorted all this out, don’t forget to check the thermostat to make sure that your office provides the optimal temperature to ensure high productivity. Research places the optimal temperature between 72F and 77F, so anywhere between those values should ensure higher than average productivity conditions.
What would help you be more productive? We look forward to reading your comments below.
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