Just a third of US workers feel engaged, according to a recent report by Gallup, and this detachment costs up to $605bn in lost productivity every year. If you find that your workplace is lacking ennui, consider following these five tips throughout 2020.
Update and install new tools
Implementing the right digital infrastructure can boost productivity by streamlining workflows and making everybody’s jobs easier to complete. Installing a few communication apps, to begin with, is recommended as personal back-and-forth emails can be time-consuming and difficult to keep track of. Skype, Slack and Twist will keep conversations organised and allow you to share and access files.
Manage your attention
Individual workers can also improve productivity by being aware of their own attention spans and times in the day when they are most likely to power through critical tasks. This is why it is important to plan, organise and make informed choices about your priorities and when your attention will be at its peak.
Attention management is rooted in proactive behaviour, identifying bad habits and then changing them. Try to put your smartphone away, close distracting tabs, declutter your desk and then allocate specific times for important tasks and then less important activities such as responding to emails.
Use a reward system
Don’t put off until tomorrow what can be done today is a well-known mantra. Getting work done right now rather than delaying the inevitable is all well and good, but how can you motivate yourself to do it? Experts believe that the Pavlovian reinforcement system can kick procrastination to the kerb. If you are struggling to get in the zone, then promise to treat or reward yourself after you have got everything done.
Employees enjoy having responsibilities and prefer it when managers give them room to breathe to complete tasks for themselves. Expert Robby Slaughter adds: “Granting workers freedom over when, how, and where they work creates proof of their work ethic in a way that trying to control them cannot.” By having room to breathe with tasks, employees will be able to efficiently manage their attention which, in turn, boosts productivity.
Outsource to lighten the load
Employees can also target increased productivity when they only have crucial, core tasks to complete. Outsourcing some of your marketing activities could help your workforce to hit peak attention and deliver better results. A few things you could outsource includes social media management, content creation, and translation and transcreation.
Implementing these tips into the workplace will ensure that your employees are working at their most efficient, which boosts productivity and will help to create a happier and healthier environment.