There are always plenty of reasons for being unproductive. Every season brings a new ailment or distraction. In the winter, energy dwindles and in the summer, all people can think about is being outdoors. While there is no cure for those distractions, there are several things you can do to help keep your employees focused and boost productivity.
Keep a clean office
Clutter often results in distraction. Keeping your office tidy and encouraging your employees to do the same can help people to be more focused. Eliminating those unnecessary distractions by cleaning up every once in a while can make a big difference in employee productivity.
Increase the temperature
In one study, a colder office was shown to have quite a negative effect on employee productivity. In a slightly warmer office, employees made 44% fewer typing errors and their typing output improved by an incredible 150%. Based on those figures, a bigger heating bill may be well worth it.
In one study, a brighter office was shown to help employees be more productive. Daylight, specifically, makes the biggest difference in productivity. People who work in offices with windows are likely to spend 15% more time staying on task than those without windows.
This trick is great not only because it’s a productivity enhancer, but also because it can reduce your electricity bill by using natural light as opposed to buzzing fluorescents. With those benefits, there’s really no reason not to open your blinds and place employees near windows whenever possible.
These office adjustments are all quite basic and can make quite a substantial difference when it comes to employee productivity. There is truly no reason not to try them out, as they each require minimal effort on your part.
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