How To Create a Happier (And Therefore More Productive) Workplace
Summer in Guelph means Farmer’s Markets, Hillside Festival, ice cream at the Boathouse and plenty of other fun. With all these happy things to daydream about, maintaining productivity in the workplace can be a challenge.
But it doesn’t need to be difficult! Productivity and employee happiness go hand in hand. Here’s some simple ways you can increase both in your workplace.
Focus on the Whole, Not Just the Group
This article from Harvard Business Review does a great job explaining how individual productivity doesn’t necessarily lead to enterprise productivity. Always make sure your employees understand how their work contributes to the whole. This avoids any doubling up on work and creates a healthy team atmosphere in the office.
Encourage People to Take Breaks
You’ll be boss of the year for instituting this policy! While the 8-hour workday is still the norm, it’s actually a terrible system to foster productivity. More studies are finding that 15-minute breaks every 60 to 90 minutes is most ideal.
Keep in mind, a break doesn’t mean answering emails or watching 15 minutes of videos on YouTube. You have to actually step away from your computer screen.
Limit Your Meetings
This one probably doesn’t need to be said. We’ve all sat in meetings with a room full of other people, each also wondering why everyone gathered for a meeting. Sure we want to create a great team atmosphere, but meetings take a lot of time and a lot of people. Make sure the meeting can’t be done in a simple conversation or email.
Dress Up the Office
Not surprisingly, shoving someone in a grey, windowless cubicle doesn’t do much for job satisfaction. The workplace aesthetic is a huge factor in productivity. It doesn’t take much to jazz up a space. Simple things like hanging art or adding plants can increase by productivity an upwards of 15%!
It’s not a secret, if employees feel cared about they care more. Cared-for employees are happier and more willing to go the extra mile for their employer. Creating a quality work atmosphere is crucial to creating a productive team.
Staple benefits like health plans and retirement savings plans are still ranked among the highest desired perks, even with millennials. There’s no need to think outside the box. However…
Make Those Perks Innovative
The more unique your benefits, the more special and connected your employees will feel to your work culture and team. Many offices are incorporating wellness plans as a way to create a healthier workforce which translates to more productivity. Here’s a great article with more ideas to create a happier workplace.
Productivity doesn’t need to be a huge challenge. Summer brings a great chance to introduce some fresh perks and perk-ups to make your workplace more fun and productive. Always feel free to reach out if you have any questions about perks you can bring to your office. Happy productivity!