With so many businesses allowing employees to work from home, the issue of productivity often arises. However, in a recent study, FlexJobs found that the majority of people state they are far more productive working from home than in the office. With the holidays right around the corner, now is the best time to take the following employee productivity advice into consideration. In addition, evaluate your Delaware Employment Practices Liability to ensure all your operations, especially pertaining to your employees, are secured.
Rethink your meetings.
The majority of employees feel that meetings are often unproductive and lack substance. Rather than hold a meeting because it’s routine, think about what you’d like to accomplish in the meeting, what needs to be discussed, and if it’s worth it to pull people away from their work. If you must hold the meeting, stick to a minimal time frame and print out an agenda.
According to Small Business Trends, people who work in an open office environment are especially prone to distractions. Setting up your office with cubicles or partitions, or allowing employees to use headphones to tune out office noise, can be good solutions to limiting distractions. Hold meetings in enclosed office space so others around you aren’t disturbed by loud discussions. Further, try prohibiting employees from playing music at their desks without headsets and recommend speaking on the phone without speakerphones.
With emails, instant messages, texts, and the like, employees often feel the need to always be “on.” While this may grant immediate access to employees, it creates significant distractions for those who are trying to focus. Therefore, try minimizing the digital interruptions by only encouraging instant messages for emergencies and allow more time to pass before employees are required to respond to emails.
If possible, provide comfortable chairs or loungers for employees to relax in while working. While this may seem counterproductive, it’s actually conducive to focus. However you’re able to provide comfort apart from a straight-backed office chair is a great way to make employees both more comfortable and more productive.
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