How Could You Improve Workplace Productivity?
Many businesses are seeking to improve productivity in the workplace. Here are 5 ways that you could possibly boost the productivity of your employees and your office as a whole!
1. Reduce Distractions
Distractions can be very damaging to workplace productivity. Nytimes.com wrote in an article that “it takes an average of 25 minutes to return to the original task after an interruption". To makes things worse, the article also says that “a typical office worker gets only 11 minutes between each interruption"!
By minimising distractions you can keep workers focused and productive in an office. Keep those figures in mind before you call a colleague or schedule a meeting. Do you need to distract the worker from their current task, or could this information be better passed through email or an instant messaging service?
2. Cut Down The Noise
This sounds complex but it doesn't have to be. There are some drastic measures that some businesses use such as 'quiet days' where colleagues only communicate with each other using silence methods such as email. This not only limits the distractions as referenced in the first point, but it also cuts down the noise in the office, giving a quiet and relaxing area in which your employees can focus on their work.
Noise reduction can be very important for open plan offices. The open office environment creates an area where lots of people working, talking on the phone and talking with each other; which can create a noisy environment. Some employees try to combat this by using headphones to play music. However, many employers choose an open plan office to promote collaboration, and if the employees are locking themselves away in 'an office in their head' with the use of headphones, you're losing these benefits.
So how can you reduce noise in an open plan office? One solution that you can incorporate into your office design is acoustics. If you are interested in reading more about how acoustics can be used in your office to reduce the impact that noise has on your productivity, please read our blog Considering Acoustics In The Open Plan Office.
3. Make Sure The Office Is Comfortable
Let's not forget that being uncomfortable can itself be a distraction.
Creating a comfortable office isn't just about having expensive luxury chairs for your employees to sit on. There are many factors that lead to a comfortable office. Firstly there is the environment they work in. Allow your employees to customise their desk area to make them feel more relaxed and give them some ownership over their work space. This can also be a great way to include more plants in your office!
However, with regards to comfortable furniture, managed offices from Active will provide assistance with the furnishing of your office. We engage with office furniture manufactures; bringing you stylish and durable office furniture that not only looks fantastic, but is also a practical furniture solution for your office environment.
Additionally, increasing the amount of natural light in your office can be beneficial and this can be done by adding mirrors to your office and positioning the desks so that they get adequate amounts of natural light.
Another way you can make employees feel more comfortable can often go forgotten. Many offices spend large sums of money making sure that their computer systems are high quality, however how many consider the peripherals such as computer keyboards and mice? There are numerous different types of keyboards and mice available. Different users have different preferences, so if you're expecting your employees to be typing for a large amount of their working day, perhaps you could consider offering numerous different styles of keyboard.
4. Make Repairs Whilst The Problems Are Small!
If the office is in need of repair, these errors can be distracting your employees. If a chair has broken in the office, it could be harmful to your employee's productivity. With managed office services from Active, we will maintain your workplace with our 'office handyman' service.
This service can include numerous different maintenance services:
- Door Repairs
- Desk And Chair Adjustments
- Regular Workplace Maintenance Checks
- Relocation/Reconfiguration Of Furniture
- Minor Plumbing Works
- Carpet Cleaning
- And Many More!
5. Find The Right Office Space For Your Needs
If your office is too big, too small or just inappropriate your needs, it can impact your workplace productivity.
Think about the space you need for your workplace and what your employees need. If you need to relocate, you can contact our team and enquire about our managed office solutions. We work with local commercial estate agents to find the right property for your business and negotiate the best price. Additionally, we can also design the interiors, furnish it and move you in!
Find The Office That's Right For You With Managed Offices From Active!
Office productivity is very important and sometimes the best option is to relocate. However, relocating can be very stressful. Managed offices from Active can provide you with a fantastic service to find your new property, negotiate prices, design your office space, furnish it, move you in and maintain your new office space.
If you are interested in managed offices from Active, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our friendly and dedicated team will be able to provide you with additional information regarding the advantages of managed offices with Active.
If you would like to contact our team you can do so by calling +44 (0)845 130 9066 or you could fill out our contact form and we'll respond as soon as possible. You could also use our chat feature in the bottom right of your screen!