How To Increase Productivity In The Workplace

Posted by Shahlla Karmali on Feb 22, 2018 9:00:04 AM

A group of employees happily collaborate on a project

It’s no secret that employers strive to boost productivity. Among the numerous ways to increase productivity, there are some which are a win-win for both employers and employees. We’ve gathered 4 of the easiest methods for you to maximize productivity in your organization, while also motivating your employees!

1. Work To Increase Employee Engagement

The Gallup 2017 State of the American Workplace report found that only 33% of employees are ‘engaged,’ in that they are committed to their work and workplace. Engaged employees go the extra mile without being asked and take pride in what they do. It goes without saying, engaged employees are the ones who encourage productivity in the workplace.

So, how can you encourage the remaining 67% of employees to feel engaged?

  • If your organization can accommodate it, allow for flexible scheduling, which can include flex time or work-from-home benefits. This enables your employees to spend less time commuting so that they can address other commitments without sacrificing their vacation days or abusing sick days.

2. Reduce Stress By Improving Employee Health

Business man is too stressed to go to work today

Stress is a common factor in workplace accidents, absenteeism and employee turnover, all of which can compromise productivity in the workplace. Fortunately, work-related stress is often reduced by implementing a wellness program. 38% of wellness program participants say it helped them take fewer sick days. When your wellness program is able to reduce stress-related health problems, you may even see a reduced need for personal medical leave.

A little goes a long way in reducing stress and making employees happier and healthier, which can increase productivity in the workplace. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • As previously mentioned, if your organization can accommodate it, improve work-life balance by implementing flexible scheduling.
  • Implement health-focused initiatives, such as offering free flu shots, fitness classes or access to exercise equipment. Actions like these may also provide the added benefit of fewer sick days taken.

Of course, at the end of the day, you know your employees best. It’s up to you to determine what works best for your organization and employees. The whole team will benefit when everyone’s needs are considered!

Are you looking for other ways you can improve work-life balance in your organization? Take a look at this post.

3. Encourage Employees To Take Their Vacation Time

Hang on a second... doesn’t productivity suffer when employees aren’t at work? According to this survey, 60% of full-time employees who were surveyed feel completely recharged after a vacation. Taking advantage of paid-time-off can help employees recover from stress and increase creativity.

Speaking of creativity, the CEO of Humanyze, a firm focused on improving employee satisfaction and productivity in the workplace, went as far as creating a synchronized vacation policy! By incentivizing employees to take their vacation time during the same two weeks, he was able to curb the summer slump. Though your strategy doesn’t need to be this extreme, you can understand the motivation behind it, as productivity drops a whopping 20% in the summertime.

Of course, you may worry that employees off on vacation will decrease the overall productivity of your organization. However, in following these best practices, you can ensure that this doesn’t happen!

  • Did you know that over a third of employees regret taking a vacation because of the buildup of work upon their return? Avoid this pitfall by encouraging collaboration from the onset, so that the entire team is aware of what needs to be accomplished before and during someone’s absence.
  • Avoid contacting employees who are away on vacation. If they never truly unplug, then the whole point of taking a vacation to boost productivity will be lost!
  • If they are a key player and must remain reachable, consider requesting a daily check-in time, so they’re not worried about the state of things 24/7.

When employees stop feeling guilty and stressed about their time away, they’ll return to work feeling refreshed.

4. Use A Leave Management Solution

Business woman utilizes a leave managment solution to decrease workload

Adopting a solution to simplify leave management can provide many benefits, including increasing productivity in the workplace!

Using a leave management solution gives you the ability to administer leave consistently and on time, without having to wonder whether you made the right call. This ensures that everyone is treated equally and fosters a sense of trust in the workplace.

When it comes to increasing productivity, it can be time consuming to put new strategies into practice. Save time by allowing a solution like Leave Genius to do some of your heavy lifting for you! With more time in your day, you’ll be able to explore and develop policies to increase productivity and employee well-being.

Topics: HR Tips, Productivity

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