Six Ways to Boost Workplace Productivity

Nov. 2, 2012
Don’t let the onset of cold, gray weather translate into a productivity slump at work. From prioritizing tasks to taking well-planned breaks and more, these six tips will help keep boost employee productivity.

MetaLab offers the following six tips to help boost efficiency and productivity at work:

1. Encourage workers to take their breaks. It might sound counter-intuitive, but workers who don’t get a chance to take a break from tasks will become tired, stressed and ultimately less productive. Even getting up for a stretch or browsing through a magazine for 15 minutes can increase productivity.

2. Create work-from-home opportunities. If possible, allow employees to work from home once a week. Working from home can help improve work-life balance and provide a quiet focus that gives employees a boost.

3. Put your meetings in motion. As long as the weather holds up, take a walk outside for a meeting. The movement and change of scenery can trigger creativity. If the weather outside is frightful,

4. Prioritize. Encourage employees to take care of their most important tasks first thing in the morning, when they have the most energy, attention and focus.

5. Condense communications. Avoid channel overload by condensing your most important communications into a single medium. A great way to do this is to implicate an online task management application to help reduce the hundreds of minute, detail-oriented emails that often take place between coworkers.

6. Automate wherever possible. Take advantage of programs that can minimize the amount of man hours that go into a project. For example, use an online invoicing and time tracking application that can reports, make sense of cash flow, monitor time management and notify business owners of upcoming financial deadlines.

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About the Author

Laura Walter

Laura Walter was formerly senior editor of EHS Today. She is a subject matter expert in EHS compliance and government issues and has covered a variety of topics relating to occupational safety and health. Her writing has earned awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), the Trade Association Business Publications International (TABPI) and APEX Awards for Publication Excellence. Her debut novel, Body of Stars (Dutton) was published in 2021.

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