Productivity has a bad reputation. It conjures images of nasty employers working their staff hard to achieve their business goals. The reality couldn’t be more different. Productivity should benefit everyone, creating a more positive work environment, increase employee satisfaction and of course, build a stronger and more successful business.
Here are five simple ways you can increase business productivity right now:
Get everybody in one place
A surefire way of increasing productivity is to gather staff groups into one place. While offices are the obvious way of doing this, technology has allowed businesses to take things one step further with cloud-based workplaces.
Storing company data on a central server allows staff members to create and share projects and ideas in real-time, from any location. If you’re a company that relies on employees who work out of office, this is a gamechanger.
To do this, you need the right IT system in place. Unless you are an IT expert, it can be tricky to know what technology is best for your business. Using an IT consultancy firm like Integrated Computer Services allows you to build the right network for your needs, without spending unnecessary money on the wrong technology.
Make sure everybody works with everybody
It’s easy to get stuck into the same cycles of thinking. This is especially true when you work with the same people every day. This is why mixing it up is crucial to increasing productivity.
There are many easy ways you can solve this.
Firstly, widening workgroups (aided by cloud-based collaboration) to include large numbers of people can inject fresh ideas into the mix.
Alternatively, why not host team-building exercises, allowing people who would never normally work together to collaborate and solve problems together. This will also build a stronger team spirit within your business.
Find out which environment works best
Your environment – whether it’s who you work with, where you work or the workplace atmosphere – massively affects how productive you can be, and it’s the same with your business. Regularly assess your working conditions.
Do some people simply not suit an office environment? Are your staff regularly working with new people? Answering these questions can rapidly increase your workplace productivity. Consider offering remote working or flexible working hours.
Less is more
It’s not how much you do, but how you do it. By increasing intensity, rather than the number of hours or workload, productivity often follows. This method is applicable for anything from the length of team meetings to the amount of work you assign your staff. Reassess your length of deadlines and even how succinct your emails are to your staff members. The emphasis should be on quality over quantity.
Create a feedback loop
Offering constructive feedback to your employees is a great way to increase business productivity. This allows staff members to learn and grow in their roles, improve team morale and keep a closer relationship between you and your team. It’s equally important to allow your staff to be able to raise issues they may have with you and inform you when there’s a problem with the business.
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