Eight, nine, or even 12 hours of work seems a long time. However, a lot of employees would complain that their work hours are not enough to accomplish all of their daily tasks. We cannot blame ourselves entirely, though. There are times wherein we contemplate feigning sickness and stay in bed instead of going to work.
Working to earn money is a major part of our adult life. Otherwise, we won’t be able to pay bills and to provide food on the table. Meanwhile, an office’s environment can affect our productivity and overall attitude towards work. Having said that, companies should invest in their employees’ welfare.
One way to improve employee productivity is by choosing the right workspace partitions. There are many types of office partitions to choose from — glass, wood, and metal, among others. On the other hand, there are also a lot of partitionless offices. Regardless of the office design, considering the employees’ welfare is crucial to ensure productivity and positive work attitude.
Common reasons for employees’ unproductivity
Dragging yourself out of bed to go to work is a common scenario. It can be due to many reasons, one of which is the office environment he or she has to face yet again during the day. Aside from the overall office environment, there are also other factors that can affect an employee’s productivity. Among common reasons of low productivity levels include the following.
- A tendency to multitask (e.g., doing different projects and tasks with the same deadline)
- Work-related stress (e.g., deadlines, demanding boss, toxic co-workers)
- Feeling out-of-place/lack of recognition and appreciation from the company
- Frequent meetings
Unorganized business structure
These are some of the reasons why a lot of employees tend to become less productive. Worse, they end up resigning from the company. Following an employee’s resignation are two possible scenarios: either the company will look for another employee, which will take some time. At the same time, the work responsibilities left by the previous employee will be assigned to the remaining employee(s), which equates to additional tasks and stress on their part.
Ways to improve work productivity
It is not too late to improve work productivity. Here are some useful tips to improve employees’ productivity at work.
1. Plan ahead.
Before starting the day, make sure to have a to-do list as a guide for your daily tasks. Put all of the urgent tasks on top of your list. This will help you stay focused and on track of your tasks during the entire workday.
2. Get to work during the first hour.
To improve productivity, you should work immediately during the first hour of your working day. Avoid distractions like logging into your social media accounts and chat boxes (unless necessary). Likewise, it is better to avoid reading emails — you can do that later. First things first, and everything else will follow during the day.
3. Schedule short breaks.
Take note, “short” breaks — like, a 15-minute break in specific times of the day just to get away from the monotony of work. It will somehow help refresh your mind and continue to work more effectively during the day.
These are only some of the best tips to improve employees’ productivity. Everyone has their own way of increasing their productivity. But at the end of the day, the company and its employees should work hand-in-hand for the betterment of the business.