3 Actionable Ways to Improve Employee Productivity

Productivity makes or break your business. If you're finding productivity levels slipping, these 3 inspiring tips will help you get them back up to where they should be.

Make Your Office a Happier Place to Be

This sounds obvious, but it bears repeating: happy workers are productive workers.

If your employees aren't as productive as you'd like them to be, it could be a sign your workspace isn't somewhere they enjoy working. Thankfully, there are some quick fixes you can implement to make your office a nicer place to be.

Firstly, bring the outdoors in by introducing some nature to your office. A few, easy to care for houseplants should be enough. A 2014 study found that just having some greenery within vision boosts employee productivity by 15%. That's not to mention the myriad other benefits of having plants in the workplace: they clear pollutants from the atmosphere and regulate humidity, too.

You should also consider how your workplace is lit. Dingy overhead lighting can cause headaches, eye strain, and poor sleep. In other words, it can send employee productivity crashing. Natural lighting has the opposite effect, increasing employee wellness and thus boosting their productivity.

Think about it. Your employees spend a majority of their lives inside the four walls you've built for them, so ensure they enjoy being there. When your team are happy to be at work, you'll see productivity rise in no time.

Remove Rigidity from the Workplace

Expecting your employees to work from one set location or desk is a hangover from the dark days of office cubicles. Today's workers – especially millennials – appreciate being given autonomy over where they work.

For this reason, it's vital your workplace offers a range of workspaces adapted to the needs of your employees. For example, if a team member has a strict deadline to meet, she might work more effectively from a quite space away from your open plan area. Similarly, if your staff need to collaborate on a project, a well-designed meeting room would be the best place for work of that nature.

The idea of offering different workspaces within your office comes from the concept of agile working – a work philosophy which has proven time and again to increase productivity.

Equally, if you don't already, it's worth considering offering your staff the option to work flexibly. This means letting them decide what time they arrive in the morning, or even allowing them to work from home. Contrary to popular belief, giving your staff this level of trust and freedom improves productivity no end. A recent study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development discovered that 9 in 10 employees consider flexible working to be a key motivator to their productivity at work – that's more than mentioned financial incentives.

Breaking down rigid structures in your workplace, structures that may have been in place for as long as you can remember, is a crucial step towards boosting productivity. Variety is, after all, the spice of life, so offering your staff a range of spaces to work from – and autonomy over when they choose to work – can transform productivity levels in your business for the better.

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Hire Fresh Talent

Keeping your pool of human resources fresh and vibrant is inherent to a productive workplace. New hires bring new ideas, innovative strategies, and an invigorating vitality to your business.

The question is, how can you attract the best of the best?

We've already mentioned offering flexible working – which will certainly help your business stand out from the crowd – but office design plays a huge role too.

In fact, 85% of millennials are more inclined to desire positions at companies with well-designed workplaces. This makes sense. After all, the design of your workplace makes an impression on new hires before you've even shaken their hand.

Finding the right design for your workplace can be tricky. It has to look modern and fresh to tempt prospective employees, while also providing all the tools your people need to be brilliant. If you're thinking about reviving the look and feel of your office, we recommend working with an expert team whose experience can guide the way.

Take Action to Improve Employee Productivity Today

If productivity has stagnated at your workplace, the good news is that it can be easily remedied. Ensure your office is a place your team enjoys working, give them autonomy over how and when they work, and rejuvenate your business by hiring fresh talent. You'll see productivity rise in no time.

If your workplace is looking outdated or is no longer fit to tackle future challenges, discover how a few key workspace design changes can bring it back to life in our fit-out guide.

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