This is a guest post by David Keane who works with Davitt Corporate Partners, a corporate psychologist company in Dublin, Ireland.
At work, sometimes making the most out of every minute can be difficult. From your work colleagues to lighting, there are many elements that can distract you from your work.
Productivity is key to success at work. Managers, executives and team leaders all want to get the very most from their employees. Being ineffective and/or unproductive at work leads to issues down the line and your long term job prospects can be difficult.
But with so much distraction, is it possible to be productive at work?
By optimizing your work space and your work methods, you will be able to get the most from your work day. Analyzing how you use your time every day will lead to you understanding where you’re losing time.
As the infographic from Davitt Corporate Partners below outlines, research conducted indicates that everything from our work space design to noise levels, wall colors and posture affect our creativity and performance levels.
Productivity is measured by how much you accomplish – not by how busy you are.
By learning how to work cleverly, you will be able to leverage your time and accomplish more with all of your resources and time. This will in turn increase your productivity and will allow you to find extra time to do other tasks.
By employing small changes like using natural lighting, checking your posture and keeping your desk space tidy and clean, you will be able to ensure that you have the highest productivity levels while you’re at work. Additionally, it’s imperative that you stay active even if you work at a computer all day. By doing some minimal exercises at your desk, you will be able to stay alert and productive for longer.
Recent studies have outlined that using natural lighting whenever possible is of the utmost importance. Not only is it more relaxing on the eyes, research has indicated that natural light also increases employee satisfaction and efficiency. However, in some cases, you will not have an option with your work place lighting. For example, if you work in an office space with fluorescent lights, it is essential that you take as many breaks outside as possible.
The layout of modern office spaces have been designing to improve work flow and aid with employee collaboration. By creating a more transparent office space, free of the old-fashioned ‘’barriers’’, employees are able to interact with one another regardless of their position in the company.
Dark cubicles and corner offices are a thing of the past.
New modern solutions have been created for the office environment of 2016. These include open plan spaces, office pods and the use of bright attractive colors. These new modern solutions have been proven to positively adjust co-workers’ moods while also inspiring collaboration with one another. For more details on how we can be productive at work, let’s take a look at this insightful infographic!
What is your biggest productivity killer at work? Tell us about it in the comment section below!