As a business owner or manager, it is important to maximize productivity, which will, in turn, help boost profitability. As they say, time is money. So what are you waiting for? As Bruce Lee once famously said, “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”
It’s easier than you probably realize.
“Start with good people, lay out the rules, communicate with your employees, motivate them and reward them. If you do all those things effectively, you can’t miss.” – Lee Iacocca
4 Tips to Help You Boost Productivity and Get the Most out of Your Employees
Give Me a Break!
While it may seem counterproductive, you can help boost productivity by giving your employees regular breaks. Stepping away from the desk for a few minutes can help employees recharge and refocus. When they return to their work, they will
“Long hours don’t mean good work — highly efficient, productive work is more valuable,” says Dr. James A. Levine, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic.
According to a study of office workers and managers conducted by Staples, 86% of employees agree that taking breaks makes them more productive.
Here in the United States, over 12.2 billion hours are being spent browsing social networks every day. This is costing employers $650 billion per year, with each social media user accounting for $4,452 annually, according to LearnStuff.com.
Consider blocking time-wasting sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. in the office.
Keep the Meetings to a Minimum
According to Atlassian, the average office worker spends over 31 hours each month in unproductive meetings.
Meetings can be a big time-waster, yet they continue to play an “important” role in many businesses. While there are certainly some times when meetings are absolutely necessary, try to keep them to a minimum. Sometimes a simple email or phone call is enough to get the job done without throwing a monkey wrench in the productivity machine.
Effective communication, whether written, verbal, or non-verbal, is an important tool in the workplace and plays an integral role in productivity. Without clear, concise communication, it is harder for everyone to do their jobs.
“Communication does not always occur naturally, even among a tight-knit group of individuals. Communication must be taught and practiced in order to bring everyone together as one.” – Mike Coach Krzyzewski
Whether on the basketball court or in the office, good communication is a key component of a good team. And, as Coach K just said, communication is not inherent. It must be learned and it must be practiced. This is where Terrapin Adventures can help.
Team Building with Terrapin Adventures
Conveniently located in Howard County, Maryland, between Baltimore and Washington DC, our experienced staff is able to create a customized program (onsite or offsite, indoor or outdoor) that break down communication barriers and help your staff work more efficiently and cohesively.
If you have any questions, please call Terrapin Adventures at 301.725.1313, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. You can also follow Terrapin Adventures on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+, and Pinterest for up-to-date information on events, trends, and other fun and exciting outdoor activities.
For more great productivity tips, check out 11 Ways to Measure Employee Productivity – Best Practices to Consider.