How to Boost Your Company’s Productivity
Improving productivity can improve your profits, so it is essential for any business to look for ways to boost the performance of their employees, business operations and technology systems.
Cut Back on Meetings
Whilst meetings can sometimes increase productivity, they can also slow things down. Aim to identify how many meetings each department has per week. For example, productivity on your marketing campaign could be delayed because your marketing manager is stuck in too many meetings with other department heads or clients.
Do you know how long it takes for a sales person to complete a phone call with a potential client or customer? Or how much time is spent in creating your average marketing campaign? If you don’t know the answer, it might be time to find out. Ask your employees to start tracking their time to identify the average timescale for a task– so you learn if you need to hire more people when expanding your business, or if your employees are overworked.
The Two-Minute Task
Write down a list of to-do tasks and their timescales. The chances are there will be a few jobs in there that will take a matter of minutes. If so, the next time you have a small window of time, complete the two-minute task and scratch it off your list, rather than leaving it to never be completed.
Take a Well-earned Break
You might not be keen to take a break, but you need to. Sometimes the best thing you can do for your business is to simply spend ten minutes, an hour or even a full day away from the office, because you’ll return feeling refreshed and motivated.
That’s why it’s so important to encourage your employees to take a break too. Create a hangout room that allows staff to step away from their desks to chat to colleagues, watch TV or enjoy their lunch. If you see a member of staff who looks overworked or a little stressed, encourage them to stop for half an hour so they can unwind. Not only will they return in a better mood, but they will view you as a caring employer, so they will be willing to work even harder for your company.
Start Work on the Commute
Instead of spending your commute to work on Candy Crush or reading some celebrity news you don’t really care about, use that time to send important emails, create task-lists or simply check out what your competitors are up to – which may spark a bright idea of your own.
Boost Employee Happiness
There are many ways to boost your employees’ attitude in the workplace, from introducing beer on Fridays to pizza on Tuesdays. You can make the office a fun place to work by adding a splash of colour to the walls, hanging artwork or movie posters and playing music. You might also be surprised to learn that plants are believed to increase productivity and happiness by up to 15%.
There are so many ways to improve your business’s performance, from closing your office door when you need to work to improving your document productivity. Don’t be afraid to speak to your team to discuss any productivity ideas or systems that could speed up their working day.