“You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.” – Tony Robbins, American Author, Philanthropist and Life Coach
Why is productivity important to analyze and improve? For one, employees are the backbone to running a healthy business; with their grit and effort, your business can deliver the services and products promised. But focusing on improving productivity goes deeper than the team. It means looking at your interns and entry level jobs, associate and mid-senior employees, and your own productivity daily. Hold everyone accountable to the same standards to keep everyone effective and efficient at their work for optimal results. Take the time to foster workplace productivity in your business, and you can expect to see tangible improvement and more profit as a result.
Focusing on productivity can save your business a lot of money in the long run. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics noted that, “productivity increases have enabled the U.S. business sector to produce nine times more goods and services since 1947 with a relatively small increase in hours worked.” They went on to explain that growth in productivity can create an economy that is able to produce—and consume— increasingly more goods and services for the same amount of work done. Increasing productivity is not only important for small businesses; it is a global initiative with real economic impact.
Improved Workplace Productivity Benefits
There are key benefits to increasing workplace productivity that have a lasting effect on your business and its success. Here are a few benefits to remember.
#1 Decreases Stress
Stress will reduce when productivity increases because it allows more time for production without problems. Productivity spurs ideas, creativity, and organization through proper work output and collaboration. When productivity rates are higher, all workers tend to be less stressed about numbers, and more focused on the task at hand, bringing down the stress levels…and extra cups of coffee.
#2 Positive Work Culture & Engagement
When people in the office and remote teams cohesively work together, this breeds positivity and a forward-thinking work culture. Such camaraderie leads to and promotes positive energy, reduces stress, and promotes employee longevity. Higher retention rates and happier employees equal a strong brand reputation (where everyone wants to work for your company) and trust among your company team. Trust helps to maintain business integrity and, put simply, people work harder for those they trust.
#3 Greater Meaning In Work
Those that reach strong productivity in the workplace tend to find greater value in their work. Why? It’s simple; when you feel a sense of fulfillment in your work, you find a level of flow that enhances your overall work experience. Being productive can induce the flow state and bring significant enjoyment to one’s work. Greater meaning in work inspires people to strive for excellence intuitively, without the need for a lot of external motivations. And, of course, the more employees find this state of enjoyment, the more productive they will be for your organization long-term.
Tips to Improve Workplace Productivity
- Stick to deadlines
- Track time for tasks
- Discourage multi-tasking
- Avoid unnecessary meetings
- Schedule regular breaks
- Encourage employees to decorate their office space
- Use 90-minute time cycles
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