If there is one thing almost every business manager has is in common, no matter what industry they operate in, it would be the desire for increased office productivity.

Effective management teams tend to explore a range of opportunities and identify the most effective solutions among available tactics. Maximising the productivity potential of where you work can typically get fast results and have a lasting impact on productivity, without being too resource intensive

Here are a few tips you can implement in your office space if you think things could do with a little productivity boost: 

 

Make yourself at home in a comfortable environment

Chances are you spending a large part of your day at the office, unless you are lucky enough to be out and about often.

Think of your employees and office space the same way you would think about inviting guests into your home. It’s unlikely that you would ask a friend over for dinner and make them sit in an uncomfortable chair, have lighting that makes it difficult to see, or put the TV where it hurts your neck to watch.  Of course you want your friend to enjoy themselves, so they can relax and have a good time.

From an employee’s’ perspective, a few simple comforts can go a long way to increasing how much they can get done. Send an office checklist around asking staff to rate the following:

  • Chair
  • Office lighting
  • Monitor height
  • Storage space
  • Access to water/coffee/tea/amenities
  • Stationary in stock
  • Air conditioner/heater temperature

Most of these are simple, inexpensive fixes, but if left unattended they could be putting a serious dent in your productivity across the entire business.

 

Allocate time for creativity, research and idea generation

Set aside a window of time for employees (and yourself) to focus solely on a creative task, search for some articles in a chosen niche, or watch a TEDTalk. When employees have the freedom to explore without the pressure of performing a direct task, productivity and inspiration often increase.

 

Keep the office clean

Letting things pile up around the office can really start to slow things down. There is nothing less inspiring than a sea of clutter and cardboard filling up the workspace. Set a good example and make sure all physical files, stationery, paper, cables, and headphones are stored neatly and are easy for staff to locate.

Don’t make your team waste valuable time looking for things they need. Here’s a free custom schedule tool you can use to make a cleaning calendar for the office. Try investing in cleaning services if you want to see a real boost in office cleanliness. 

 

The right foods can help

Offer healthy snacks around the office to keep productivity levels up. Well-being is an important factor in successful performance in almost every pursuit, so making sure employees aren’t skipping meals or eating junk food at their desks can be a good place to start.

Some ideas for the office shopping list include:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Nuts
  • Low fat popcorn
  • Vegetables and hummus
  • Tea

These are just a few simple tips that you can use to turn your office space into a hive of productivity, and are easy and cost effective to implement.