In our last blog post we discussed the idea that productivity in the workplace can make or break the success of a business. Employees have been fighting to find ways that they can maintain their high quality of work in a more productive and efficient manner. Last week, we introduced the first 4 tips to improving productivity including shortening your to-do list, elimination of meaningless tasks, focusing on tough tasks before lunch and limiting work before arriving in the office. These four tips were just the beginning. Today, we take a deeper look at the topic of productivity and continue with the introduction of our final four tips for improvement.
5. Take more breaks: With the mindset that time is money, it is easy to find yourself working through lunch, foregoing coffee breaks and staring endlessly into your office space, but keep in mind that sitting for long periods of time without changing your focus could actually hurt your productivity and sway your concentration away from your work. Consider taking a short walk around the office for a quick ten minute break or even simply stretching at your desk for a few minutes between tasks. Each break will rejuvenate your focus, but keep in mind that this does not mean that you should incorporate a ten minute break for every twenty minutes of work.
6. Find an organizational system that works for you: Everyone works and organizes their tasks in a different way. What may work for one of your coworkers may not work for you, and that is perfectly acceptable. When you are organizing your tasks for the day or even for the week, find a system that makes sense for you. It could be a traditional or electronic to do list, calendar reminders or a self-created system of organization, but the most important part is that it works for you and helps improve your personal workplace productivity.
7. Don’t be lazy: When work gets daunting, it is easy for us to use emails or bathroom breaks as a way to escape doing our work. This is a habit that is harmful to your workplace productivity and should be limited. Fight the urge to avoid your workload and dedicate the appropriate time and focus to each task. By eliminating useless time fillers and identifying apparent laziness in the workplace, it can actually increase productivity and employee time management.
8: Stop multitasking: Did you know that multitasking can actually lower your IQ? Keep your productivity high by focusing your attention on one task at a time rather than multiple tasks simultaneously. If this is not typically the way you work, consider giving up multitasking in the mornings for one week and see what you achieve.
These tips are only a handful of the endless ways that improved success in the workplace could be achieved. Keep in mind that as with any workplace environment, finding ways to improve efficiency and productivity will be directly dependent upon the motivation and quality of its employees. If you are in need of quality staffing services in hopes of creating a well-rounded and highly productive employee base, consider contacting Menlo Partners Staffing, today.
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