Top Tips to Increase Productivity in the Workplace

If you want to give your team a boost and see their productivity improve, there are some really simple ways to achieve this. Just a few small changes to your work habits can have an incredibly positive effect on your whole company.

Here are our five simple tips for increasing your team’s productivity at work and getting the most out of your time in the office.

  1. Clean up and organise

One of the easiest ways to improve your productivity is to tidy up your work space.
Ask each department to spend half an hour at the end of each week to clean up their areas. This can even include cleaning out or organising their email inboxes. This will help maintain a clear and productive start for all on a Monday morning.

  1. Make a plan

Taking just a few minutes to plan the day will keep you and your team on top of their tasks. Work out what work or clients you need to prioritise and assign each task to a member of your team using an online work float or even a whiteboard. Ensure that everyone knows what their responsibilities are and praise your employees for completing their tasks at the end of the day.

  1. Minimise distractions

Asking employees to keep to a ‘desk ban’ of mobile phones will help them to keep on track of their work throughout the day. Notifications from personal devices are a big distraction in the workplace and should be kept to lunch breaks where possible.  If music in the office is causing a distraction, banning it may not be the answer. Music can help increase productivity, so a simple solution is to ask staff to wear headphones to listen to their favourite tunes.

  1. Take breaks

Taking short breaks from work can make a significant difference to your staff’s performance. Whether you encourage a tea break in the morning or a quick walk around the local park on a Friday afternoon, you will soon see the benefits. Exercise and activity isn’t just good for your physical health, it can have a positive impact on your work performance. Plus, physical activity has been proven to positively affect mental health and focus.

  1. Reduce meetings

Before booking your next meeting, ask yourself whether you can accomplish the same outcome via email or phone. Communication and team meetings are vital to a successful company, however having regular meetings can sometimes become a chore and take up valuable working time. Pick and choose your meetings wisely to ensure they are productive and time well spent.

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