26th June, 2012 - Posted by admin - Comments Off
Employers have plenty of means available in which they can enhance the productivity inside an office space in a heartbeat.
Making members of staff feel valued and encouraging them to change their habits when seated at their desks are just two subtle tips which can have major bearings on how tasks are pursued and the efficiency in which they are completed.
So to get an office working like clockwork without compromising on the satisfaction of employees, try out these recommendations.
Give top workers a pat on the back
Everyone feels appreciated after they have put so much effort into something, no matter what this activity or task may be.
However, delivering a few words of praise to a worker who has excelled in their job role or gone beyond their call of duty to help give a company a boost can make a world of difference.
Highlighting this point, a YouGov survey which was commissioned by sales performance management provider Xactly has demonstrated the attitudes shown when employees feel unappreciated.
For example, 39 per cent of respondents to the poll decided to leave a sales role because they thought too many unrealistic targets were being set. Another 37 per cent of workers moved on to a new job as they felt there were a ‘lack of upsides to the role’.
Looking into the survey’s results, Christopher Cabrera, chief executive of Xactly, noted: “This research shows the importance of correctly recognising and rewarding the efforts of your sales team as well as giving them appropriate targets to aim for.”
Just remember, saying a few words of praise to a hard-working staff member only takes a few moments, but the benefits around an office space could be felt for days, weeks or even months to come.
Encourage workers to leave their desk from time to time
Sitting at the same desk from 9am to 5pm five days a week with nothing more than the occasional toilet break is not healthy for anyone – it is a fact which is more common sense than anything.
However, many members of staff can easily start to believe that their workload is getting a little too much and that just a five-minute break away will leave them behind for the rest of the day.
But Dr Lynda Shaw, a cognitive neuroscientist, pointed out: “The thing to remember is that when we’re in information overload it’s a very stressful place. Stress is one of the biggest problems in the workplace now, and we really do have to try to help employees not be in a stressful situation.”
Employers can play a big part in stemming the stress levels within the workplace by encouraging staff members to take some time out of their work life. Perhaps head outside on a nice day during the lunch break or even head to the kitchen to make a round of hot drinks.
The latter point also links in to another word of advice from Dr Shaw, that being for workers to try and avoid becoming dehydrated inside a workplace.
She explained: “Dehydration is big. When we’re dehydrated we don’t [work as well].”
To stop this from becoming a major problem, employees should always have a bottle or glass of water by their desk, which can be drank from throughout the working day.
It may be surprising just how much of an effect these simple tips can have on the lives of staff members and their productivity inside an office space.