4 Ways to Create Sustainable Workplace Productivity
It’s important to talk about productivity in the workplace. Between high-pressure work environments, busy schedules, and maintaining a work/life balance, employers wonder whether their employees are being productive as well as being healthy.
The definition of productivity can be reduced to, “how many goals are achieved within a specified period of time.” We can spend a lot of time focused on a wide range of responsibilities, but if the goals aren’t being met it’s not “productive”.
Leadership plays an important role in establishing processes for better productivity. The trick is to find a good balance between achieving workplace goals and showing staff appreciation without losing employee engagement.
Here are some ideas for fostering productivity for your employees and yourself. Doing so will sustain creativity, health, and encourage more successful business outcomes.
1. Start Fresh Every Day
When we wake up in the morning, our minds are clear and rested. What we do with that clarity can dictate how well the day will go. Some people believe are optimal productivity levels are experienced during the first few hours of the day.
We can take advantage of that by focusing on the essential tasks from the moment we open our eyes. Set priorities, focus on these first, and let other issues percolate while you concentrate on your main priorities. And don’t forget: priorities include the personal tasks as well as the work responsibilities. Working out can take just as much precedence as responding to department emails.
2. Good Sleep and Good Schedules
Not everyone is a morning person – many of the most successful entrepreneurs sleep in. If someone is simply not going to be productive with a foggy mind, then offering flexible schedules is a good solution. Employees want to succeed, and by finding their work/life balance together with company leadership, businesses can worry less about time at the desk and more about the work produced.
Time-blocking also serves to increase productivity. By scheduling specific time periods for distinct tasks, employees can manage themselves and focus better. When setting incremental goals to achieve a larger objective, we can monitor our own productivity.
3. Focus and Reduce Distraction
Our work and private lives entail a multitude of decisions. Yet, our brains are wired to want a little time out. By taking a break, we activate memory and thought in ways that boosts creativity when we return to the task at hand. Factor in downtime throughout the day to give your mind a chance to catch up in order to spring forward more easily later.
4. Find Your Best Metrics
Humans like to organize things; it’s one of the ways we measure achievement. One of the best ways to increase productivity is understanding the key performance indicators that lead to success and how to track them.
The crucial component often missed, however, is that people are not machines and don’t like to feel treated like machines. Engage with employees by recognizing that their feedback on metrics is part of the process of setting goals. If employees do not feel like the goals are attainable, they will become stressed about hitting the right metrics instead of hitting the right goals.
Productivity Should be A Common Goal For Employers and Employees
Everyone understands that success and achievement are the goals for themselves and for their companies. Finding the right way to engage employees can take time and experimentation.
Recognizing that not everyone works the same way is the first step to engagement. When people understand their role in the success of the company and feel that they are part of this success, productivity rises.
The right balance between engagement, employee well-being, and performance measurement can turn a stressful, unproductive environment into one that encourages success and workplace satisfaction for everyone.