The 5 P’s of Productivity

Is your workforce suffering from January blues? We reveal how to shake things up and boost their productivity.

With the Christmas festivities behind them, it’s no surprise your staff are struggling to beat the January blues and ease back into their daily routines. But, don’t let this have a lasting effect on your business – it’s time to kickstart a new wave of productivity and get your employees excited for the year ahead.

Improving your business productivity doesn’t have to be a menial task and it doesn’t have to take a chunk out of your budget – small changes can have a big impact. From a tech-upgrade to an office refresh, you could drastically transform the day-to-day running of your business and create a happier environment for your employees.

Here are five quick and simple ways to fix your productivity lull and bring energy and dynamism back into your business.

P is for…

Perks

A breakfast club, weekly fruit baskets, drinks on a Friday afternoon, yoga classes or an extra holiday day – these are some of the many ways to drive your employees’ productivity. Best of all, they don’t require a huge financial or time investment.

Your employees give their time and effort to your business on a daily basis so, by creating several perks of the job, you’ll prove to them that you care about giving back. You’ll promote a healthy company culture and ensure they remain engaged.

Phone

Today, new technology is making its way onto the market faster than ever before. In fear of missing out on the latest and best product offerings, this has the potential to increase the speed at which your employees upgrade their personal devices.

With this is mind, is your office tech up to scratch? Investing in a refresh could be the best move for your business. Not only could it enhance productivity but, knowing that you have their tech interests at heart could lift team morale.

Plants

As cities’ infrastructures grow, green spaces decline. So, maybe it’s time you brought the outside in and created a green oasis for your employees – it could transform your office in more ways than one.

For instance, plants are more than just a decorative statement. They increase oxygen levels and improve air quality, which has the ability to boost concentration. They also allow you to perceive your surroundings better, making you feel more comfortable and less stressed, anxious and hostile. And, on top of these psychological benefits, plants have been proven to reduce fatigue as they promote a sense of well-being.

Pets

National Take Your Dog to Work Day may fall on June 23rd, but why restrict it to an annual event? Why not make it a monthly or weekly thing? After all, having a dog in the workplace encourages your employees to tear their eyes away from their screens and leave their desks.

It’s thought that sitting down from 9-5 is linked to being overweight and long-term ill health. So, taking their dog for a walk during their lunch break could be your staff’s answer to a more active and healthy working environment. What’s more, science shows that interacting with a dog increases levels of the stress-reducing hormone, oxytocin, which means your business could benefit from a happier and more satisfied workforce.

Peak Summer Fridays

Come Summer, employee productivity on a Friday takes a hit – their professional mind-set is replaced with the desire to leave the office and soak up whatever sun there is. Many employees tend to cut their working day short anyway so, why not grant your entire workforce a half day and let them start their weekends early?

In a survey of more than 200 employers, the CEB found that the share of companies offering Summer Fridays has gone from 21 percent in 2015 to 42 percent in 2017. If you were to jump on this trend, you’d prove to your employees that you support their work/life balance, and you’d adopt a cheap and easy way to win over potential hires. It’s a win-win situation.

Follow these five recommendations and your business will be buzzing with a happy, engaged workforce, ready to drive your business’ success in the coming year. Discover more ways to prepare for 2018 here.