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January 22, 2019
Boost Productivity At Work

No matter what the job, your work environment has an inescapable impact on your mood. If your workspace is a dreary office setting with unfriendly coworkers, you may find it difficult to find motivation or feel confident in what you produce. That’s part of why creating an open and friendly work environment is critical for the success and productivity of any company.

Here are four ways from Business News Daily that employers can improve office environment and, in turn, employee engagement and productivity.

1. Hire Great Team Members For Productivity (And Let Bad Ones Go)

Smart businesses know that a good work environment starts with hiring the right people. Make sure employees exhibit professional behavior and a team-oriented mindset. When employees work with toxic individuals, they are more likely to begin developing those bad habits themselves.

Don’t be afraid to let poisonous employees go, either. It can be a hard thing to do, but one bad attitude can affect everyone’s daily productivity.

2. Improve The Lighting And Improve Productivity

Lighting also plays a vital role in workers’ performance and attitude. A study from the University of North Carolina found that exposure to natural light improves mood and energy, greatly impacting focus and productivity. But a survey from Pots Planters and More revealed that nearly half of their respondents reported having little to no natural lighting in their office.

If it’s not possible to incorporate natural lighting through windows, there are other options to consider. Blue-enriched light bulbs may reduce fatigue and increase happiness and work performance, according to the article. You can also use warmer colors and tones in meeting and break rooms to promote calmness and relaxation.

3. Make The Office Comfortable To Boost Productivity

Working in a clean and attractive office can have an enormous impact on employee’s productivity and their relationships with co-workers and managers.

“Even if the sun can’t shine into your workplace, make an effort to provide a relaxing atmosphere with comfy furniture, working equipment and a few ‘extra-mile’ amenities,” says Mike Canarelli, CEO of Web Talent Marketing.

For example, give your employees the flexibility to move around different spaces in the office to work where they’re comfortable, or give them the option to sit or stand at their desks. According to Pots Planters and More, people who labeled their work furniture as “bad” are three times more likely to consider their work environment as less conducive to productivity and two times as likely to find it “depressing.”

(If you need some guidance on how to fix up your workplace, check out our wide variety of ergonomic furniture or contact us for an ergonomic assessment and consultation.)

Likewise, help employees to feel comfortable by allowing them to customize their space. Instead of “standard-issue” everything, consider a small budget for everyone to purchase work items that reflect their own tastes.

4. Improve Communication To Improve Productivity

Team members and upper management should focus on their communication methods and the effects they have on each other and the office environment.

“Employees are motivated and feel valued when they’re given positive reinforcement and shown how their work contributes to the success of the business,” said Dominique Jones, former chief people officer at Halogen Software.

This means offering employees specific feedback on how their productivity is feeding into the broader business objectives, she noted.

But employees shouldn’t be the only ones being evaluated. Managers should be open to feedback as well, said Samantha Lambert, director of human resources at Blue Fountain Media.

“When you involve your staff in decision-making in an effort to create a better work environment, they feel valued,” Lambert said. “Don’t be afraid to ask employees for their opinion on a new benefit offered, or what they think of a new client project.”

While you’re working on communication, don’t forget to show gratitude for hard work. According to David Sturt, executive vice president of marketing and business development at the O.C. Tanner Institute, effective employee recognition can transform and elevate an organization. “It ignites enthusiasm, increases innovation, builds trust and drives bottom-line results,” he said. “Even a simple ‘thank you’ after an employee goes above and beyond on a project, or puts in a series of late nights, goes a long way.

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October 15, 2018

It’s the beginning of fall, pumpkin-spice lattes are everywhere, and the kids have a pressing thought each day in October: Halloween. And candy. For those who are parents or are working in an office setting, you may start noticing that sweets are more present than ever.

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October 9, 2018

Office Flu ImageFall is here and noses are running, people are coughing, and you may notice an unsettling feeling in the back of your throat. No matter where you turn, you’re at an invisible dead end with countless germs awaiting to make you take a sick day off from the office.

During the winter months, the cold and flu thrive due to colder and less humid environments. Although some believe adults are better at taking care of their health than children, the truth is that the workplace has as much chance of spreading the common cold and flu as a school or daycare. Here are five fool-proof tips to keep you away from the tissues, thermometer and soup.

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Whether you work in an office, sit down at a desk, or like to sit in a chair that swivels, there is an important thing that we can all agree on. Sitting in an office chair all day doesn’t necessarily sound great for your back. A lot of time spent in an uncomfortable non-ergonomic chair may add stress to your spine and your office chair may be the main reason your back hurts!

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August 31, 2018

If you want to improve your posture, you need to start by strengthening your core. Here are four easy core exercises that will help you stand a little straighter.

Did you know that if you want to improve your posture you need to work your abdominal muscles? It seems counter-intuitive that the muscles attached to the front of your body would have such an impact on your back, but it’s true. Your core muscles are the center of your body and help not only with your stomach but also wrap around and assist your spine. If you’re looking to improve your posture, the first place you want to focus on is your core. Here are four simple exercises from WebMD that will strengthen your core and, in return, improve your posture. Read More

August 24, 2018

Learn three easy ways you can leave work at the office at the end of the day.

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The ability to leave work at the office at the end of the day is an extremely important skill to master for your health. Not only is it important for your wellbeing, it will help you improve your job performance by giving yourself time to decompress and focusing more on the other areas of your life that make you happy. If this separation of work and home is something you find yourself struggling with, we’re here to help by providing three valuable tips you can start using now. Read More

August 10, 2018

Do you encourage employees to share their ideas? Here are nine ways you can help your team brainstorm.

It’s no secret that creative ideas are the backbone to innovation; however, encouraging an atmosphere that fosters this development can be a struggle. While it can be challenging, it’s not impossible and there are things you can do to help your team feel more comfortable in sharing ideas; the more comfortable they feel the more innovative their ideas.

9 Tips to Encourage Employees to Share Ideas

With the help of Marketing Donut’s article on encouraging creative thinking, we have developed the following tips to develop a workplace that inspires creativity and growth.

  1. Stress the importance of creativity

Your team needs to know that you want to hear their ideas and how they keep your business innovative and competitive. Remind them of this importance often.

  1. Make brainstorming a priority

One of the ways you can stress the importance of creativity is by regularly setting aside time that allows your team to brainstorm and work together. Allowing your team to get together on a regular basis to brainstorm is more effective than if they go about it alone since they are able to explore, test and refine their ideas with others.

  1. Create an open work environment

An open work environment promotes collaboration. Cubicles and closed-off offices, are physical barriers that can oppress the flow of ideas from employees. Opening up the area allows employees to easily communicate with one another while at their workstations.

Don’t forget to provide areas for your employees to reflect privately on their work when they need to.

  1. Actively seek out ideas

Suggestion boxes and keeping your doors open are great ways to encourage idea sharing, but don’t be afraid to also directly ask for your team’s ideas on how to solve certain problems.

  1. Cross-train

Expanding your team’s experiences through shadowing and role swapping is a fantastic way to spark ideas. Allowing them to temporarily exchange jobs provides an outside perspective on how different tasks are completed, paving the way for ideas that can help get tasks done more effectively.

  1. Be supportive

When an idea is presented to you, it is critical that you respond enthusiastically! Never make someone feel foolish or crazy for bringing their thoughts to you, even if you know they wouldn’t work.

  1. Tolerate mistakes

With innovation comes some risk-taking and even a few failures along the way.  Allow your team to learn from their mistakes and come up with new ways that can work. Never punish someone for having an idea that did not work.

  1. Recognize creativity

A terrific way to motivate your team to come up with and share new ideas is to recognize those who do so. Give credit to those who come up with successful innovations as well as acknowledge teams that are consistently working to come up with fresh concepts.

  1. Act on ideas

One thing to remember about idea sharing is that it’s only worth the effort if you take action; innovation will never happen if you fail to act on the ideas your team provides you with. Further, if you don’t pursue ideas, your team will eventually give up on the creative process feeling that whatever they come up with won’t be of use.

As you can see, there are numerous ways you can harness creativity and encourage everyone to share ideas; doing so will result in an innovative and productive company. Do you have any other tips on how to encourage employees to share their creative ideas? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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