“Work smarter, not harder.” That’s how the adage goes, and it’s true. When it comes to the success of your business, good workplace efficiency is critical. The average employee wastes 94 minutes of work each day. Countless hours are wasted at the workplace sorting through files, writing proposals, gathering data, or getting sidetracked. Stifled creativity and burnout cause delays in deadlines. Imagine how much your business could save in human resources, hours worked, and productivity if your employees were inspired and creative; or if your processes were on point without wasted steps. Here are some ideas to help your business achieve the efficiency it needs to succeed.
1. Put Down the Devices
While it will be an unpopular decision, having a no electronic policy at your workplace will have an immediate effect on your employees’ efficiency. The average employee spends 32% of their time on social media at work. By eliminating the temptation to pick up the phone and check those posts, you will benefit your workplace. Granted, you may have a business social media account that one of your employees manages; that would be an obvious exception. Limiting device use while on the clock keeps your workforce focused on the tasks at hand.
2. Provide Creative Refuel Time
Don’t be a slave driver, though. Studies have shown that people are productive in bursts. It’s unrealistic to expect your employees to sit at their desks or tasks or hours at a time and be efficient, especially when denied the enjoyment of their devices. Provide frequent breaks during the day for both personal time and to engage in group creativity exercises. Encourage movement and light exercise to get the proverbial juices flowing and recharge your workers. While it may seem counterintuitive to provide more breaks, your employees will be more likely to work efficiently when they are tasking.