We all know that technology has a big impact on workplace productivity, but there are some other ways to get more out of your staff. In today’s post, reputable FM provider Precision Facilities Management offers some tips on boosting productivity in the workplace…
Offer drinks and snacks
One of the most common causes of procrastination is dehydration and tiredness. Offering your staff free drinks and snacks as they start their day will not only show them that you care about their experience at work but help them to get focused and ready for a hard day’s work in the office. According to one study, unhealthy snacks make us 66% more likely to be lazy and unmotivated at work, so offering healthy drinks like water and fruit juices, and snacks like nuts and oat bars, can give your workers a boost and help them really get into the zone.
Allow for remote working
One of the simplest ways to get more out of your team is to allow them to work wherever they feel most comfortable. As the COVID-19 taught us, remote working is highly effective and most roles can be adapted for at-home working. Though some argue that employees are more accountable when they’re in the office, offering some flexibility gives your staff the chance to work around their own lifestyles, increasing their satisfaction and job productivity.
Deliver regular training
Once you’ve hired a new member of staff, the next step is to offer them training to ensure that they can be as productive and engaged as possible. There are so many skills that you can help your staff improve – from touch typing to time management. Regular training and exercises can reinvigorate your team and ensure they’re delivering optimal results every day.
Let your staff have access to Facebook
Yep, really! According to one report, social media users are more time-efficient, as they’re used to spending so much time-consuming content. Let your staff use Facebook and Twitter to take a mental break from a particular task, and to connect with professional contacts, which in turn will boost your business. The truth is that strict rules on social media usage can demonstrate to your employees that you don’t trust them or value their time management skills, so be lenient and you’ll discover more productive and engaged members of your team.
Incentivise with perks
Technology giants like Facebook and Google burn through millions of dollars on perks and freebies to keep their teams engaged and motivated. You can learn a lesson or two from them. From silly perks like monthly massages and nap rooms through to haircuts, free meals out, and subscriptions, there are so many ways to reward hard work. And employees will love you for it: a survey from Glassdoor found that 80% of employees would rather receive perks at work than a pay rise. Give it a go and you might just be surprised at the results!
Do you have any other tips on incentivising hard work? Let us know in the comments and check back to the Biz Day blog soon for more advice on running a successful business.