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5 Ways to Boost Your Workplace Productivity

Prepare for 2023 success with these research-based ideas

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As you prepare your strategy plan for 2023, it's worth educating yourself on what boosts productivity in the workplace.

In a nutshell, it is providing a happy, supportive and healthy place to work, even when hybrid or remote.  

On the other hand, if you’ve got burnout and employees are overwhelmed, you may find employees do quit or disengage ('quiet quitting').  

Signs of stress like these may be warning signs of diminishing leadership traits and/or a toxic or unhealthy workplace. And surprisingly, according to one study, 85% of employees are actively disengaged at work.  

So, how can we make a difference? Here’s 5 tips we rely on to boost workplace productivity at any time of year.  

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What is Workplace Productivity?  


Technically, productivity is the measure of how efficiently employees use their time and skillset to complete their job. It’s your ability to hit your goals, targets and get your job done well. Without any bad habits or behaviours slowing down your progress.  


The research says if employees are more engaged they are 44% more productive than those who say they're only satisfied. Frequent meetings, unhealthy workplace behaviour and stress are all factors that contribute to a downfall in productivity.  


Why is Workplace Productivity Crucial?  


There's a reason why Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, says “good is the enemy of great.” There's a huge difference in getting the job done and doing a great job.  


A productive workplace means companies not only meet their goals, but it also boosts profit margins and helps with company longevity. In fact, research shows that not only are engaged employees more productive, but it can also result in a 21% increase in profits.  


Additionally, author of Impact Players and Multipliers, Liz Wiseman, says “Those who work in a fun environment have greater productivity, interpersonal effectiveness and call in sick less often.” 


There’s less production over expenditure, employees waste less time on the things that matter less and interpersonal relationships are strengthened. More importantly, productive teams get the job done.  

5 Ways to Boost Your Workplace Productivity  


Paying attention to productivity automatically means being mindful about people's mental health and wellbeing. Also, research shows people are at their happiest when they have purpose and dedicate their time doing meaningful work 

Here are 5 effective ways to boost your workplace productivity:  


Organise Fewer Meetings  


Sometimes meetings are productive, sometimes they can be a waste of time. In fact, one study showed that 50% of employees think of meetings as a waste of time.  


In the same research, another 89% of employees complain about the “ineffectiveness and poor organisation” of meetings.  


To combat this, focus on only setting meetings for important matters that require people to be present. Important announcements, discussing strategy plays and weekly roundups are all necessary. It’ll save you the time you need to focus on the execution of tasks.  


MIT Professor, and co-author of Remote, Inc., Bob Pozen, gives some solid advice on how to optimise meetings, particularly when it comes to a hybrid working model:  


  • Only invite those who absolutely need to be there 
  • Meetings should be no longer than one hour 
  • Always send out an agenda to make sure everyone is on the same page  


Meetings still have their perks, they can strengthen bonds, create opportunities for coaching and training and improve communication between other team members. You don’t need to remove meetings altogether, just ensure they have a purpose and can strengthen morale.  


Encourage Time Away From the Desk  


 41% of employees say that stress negatively affects productivity, which can lose up to 5 hours of work because of this stress.  


The more time you spend at your desk the more likely it will cause burnout and fatigue. No one likes feeling like they’re glued to the desk. It will make anyone feel miserable. 


Research published in Nature shows spending at least 120 minutes a week in nature is associated with good health and wellbeing. Encourage employees to get up and go for a walk, get a coffee, go outside – even if it's 10 minutes away from the desk, it'll help clear your head and feel refreshed for the next task.  


Implement Time Tracking Software  


Time tracking software helps monitor productivity and helps team members plan their day and allocate time for each tasks. In fact, according to one study, 92% of employees say the use of technology helps them complete their job more efficiently.  


There’s more control over your daily schedule and it helps management reach an understanding of where resources are being spent.  


Avoid Setting Unrealistic Goals  


According to James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, the best productivity tool you can give yourself is to focus on short term goals. In fact, he says the "ultimate productivity hack is saying no".  


Don’t overload your work schedule. Make sure it’s obtainable. If it means reshuffling your priorities, or pushing back on certain tasks then do it. It’ll be easier to track your progress, you can achieve great time management and you’re not working yourself in ground.  


Lower Distractions  


We all tend to distract ourselves, especially when we feel stressed out. Sometimes we can’t help it - we get an important phone call we can’t ignore, we get pulled into a meeting, someone calls you over for advice - and before you know it, you sit back down and forget what we’re doing.  


In fact, the average employee is interrupted every 30 minutes. Between being drawn into an email replies or being called away, it can take more than 20 minutes to get back into the swing of things.  


We can overcome this by setting hard boundaries on email and phone checking. Set 15 minutes in the morning to check emails and 15 minutes in the afternoon. Only check your phone after you complete a task.  


This will help you stay focussed on the task at hand, one at a time.  



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