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Tips on improving productivity at work

Tips on improving productivity at work

No matter the type of business that you run, whether that’s an SME or a large business, the productivity of your staff is extremely important. How productive they are as a team, will reflect on your revenue and profits – the more money you bring in, the greater your profits are likely to be.

However long your business has been running for, there is always a way to improve the productivity of your staff – you can reduce distractions, encourage your staff members to take a break (we will explain more below), set realistic goals and offer bonuses. If there are certain jobs you know your staff struggle at, you could always get support externally. For example, small business it support could free up some time for your team to concentrate on other areas of your business. 

Below are our top tips for improving productivity at work. 

Encourage team bonding 

It’s important that your staff members feel like they are a team. The more of a team that they feel, the more they will support each other and encourage each other to improve and perform better at work. Every couple of months set up a work get-together to motivate your staff and have them catch up and bond outside of work. You could organise a shuffleboard evening, a pub crawl, a karaoke night – whatever you feel your staff members would enjoy most. Make sure you rotate your offering as not everything is for everyone. 

Reduce distractions at work 

You want to have your office a warm welcoming place, but at the same time, you want to reduce the number of distractions around. If you have music playing in the background or tv, this can cause staff members’ minds to wander off and get distracted, reducing how much work they get done. Instead of completely getting rid of the things they may enjoy, find a compromise where you allow it at certain times during the day. Make sure you don’t take away things they really enjoy as this could have the opposite effect. 

Ensure your technology is up-to-date 

Technology is a blessing, it allows us to do our jobs quicker and supports us in areas where we may have struggled before. Although technology can cost, in most cases it’s worth the investment. If you haven’t updated your technology in a while, now could be the moment to buy some new pieces of tech. It will help boost productivity and hopefully increase the quality of work that your staff members are doing. If you are unsure about what to buy or whether it’s worth the investment, often companies will have a support line or come into your office to present the benefits of using them. If you don’t like what they offer or feel like it won’t benefit your business, you can simply send them away and not purchase. 

What tips do you have on improving productivity at work? Which of the above tips do you most agree with? Let us know in the comment box below. 

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