There are a variety of factors that can affect employee productivity, some that you as an employer can’t control, including laws and regulations, and others that can be controlled, including the day-to-day work environment and operating procedures. Here are some top tips on using the factors affecting employee productivity that can be controlled to your advantage.
Motivating the team by encouraging social activities can be highly beneficial since they will see such events as a reward for their hard work. Once they are rewarded, they’ll feel that their work is appreciated and will want to continue to work hard to receive even more rewards. Team events need to include two specific requirements, they should bring the whole team together in a non-work environment and be fun.
The work environment can have many factors on employees’ happiness and, therefore, their productivity. This environment includes every facility that they will use and the office space and conditions as a whole. Starting with the basics, such as the lighting and air quality for the general health and mental wellbeing of your employees can be an important first step. Lighting can be improved by introducing greater natural light using windows and mirrors, and air quality can be improved using a ventilation system that lets more fresh air circulate in the area.
Encourage Learning Opportunities
With people spending so much time at work, it is important that employees feel like they have a purpose and are heading in the right direction with their careers. Encouraging learning opportunities can be a great way to boost their productivity since they will be more enthusiastic and engaged in the company’s activities when they have a clear vision of where they see themselves in the future. This can be done in a variety of ways such as creating individual development plans and arranging courses outside of their daily work activities.
Ensure Breaks Are Normal
There is a growing culture in the office environment that people are simply too busy to take a break. This is deeply damaging for the long-term health of your employees and the productivity of your company since it will inevitably lead to burn-out rather than accomplishing more tasks in a day. Encourage small breaks throughout the day, including opportunities for movement that can get your team out of their seats and get the blood and oxygen flowing to their brain to function at an optimum productivity level upon their return.
There are many benefits to making small changes to improve your employees’ productivity, and in all cases, your team will thank you for it, as well as the big bosses of your company. If these simple tips are implemented in your company then you will begin to see a shift in dynamic from employees looking at their work as just a job to becoming fully engaged with the company’s activities. In turn, projects will run smoother and the general morale of team members will improve.