So, you want to boost overall efficiency in your workplace, but you don’t have the time, because of all the inefficiencies.
This is a catch 22 many business owners and managers find themselves in.
Spending time on tasks that aren’t directly increasing profit for the business sometimes feel fruitless. However, investing in tactics to boost workplace efficiency will pay off, both in the short and long term.
Read on for the top 6 tips for boosting workplace efficiency.
1. Prioritize communication.
Do you have numerous communication tools running at the same time?
Do you waste minutes, sometimes hours, on small tech problems? You are not alone, and there is a solution. There are entire companies dedicated to providing services that unify all of your business communication needs.
2. Ditch the clutter.
Your day at the office is madness.
Running from meeting to meeting then sitting down to rush answer as many emails as possible.
In order to get through your seemingly endless to-do list, there is just no way to prioritize cleaning your desk.
So you push aside a few coffee cups, shove a pile of papers to the side, and begin working.
While attempting to ignore your messy desk may feel like you are prioritizing work, you are actually turning your back to efficiency.
Organization is key to success. Whether it is just your desk or every desk in the office, a clean environment will boost productivity, so get cleaning!
3. Delegate like a boss.
A good boss knows how to delegate, delegate often, and delegate well.
A common misconception is that busy is better. However, the busiest people succeed by efficiencies and delegation.
World-renowned CEOs who run business icons such as Vogue Magazine are master delegators who command respect and drive results. As a boss, be decisive and smart on how to delegate and who to delegate to. Read on to learn more about how to delegate well.
Delegation cannot be done in a haphazard fashion, rather, tasks must be matched to skills.
For example, delegating design to the IT manager sure wouldn’t work!
Getting to know your employees and their skill sets will help you know who to delegate small and large tasks to. Invest the time in knowing skillsets around the office for successful delegation.
5. Workplace Wellness.
If watching your employees tie up their laces and head out for a walk on their lunch break makes your blood boil, then you need to do some research on the importance of workplace wellness.
There is a growing field of research on why wellness of employees greatly impacts productivity. Healthier employees are happier, more productive and more satisfied with their job.
Wellness programs are directly tied to increased productivity and a greater sense of community.
If you are at a loss on how to implement such a program at your workplace, there is help. Once you make a formal wellness program in the office, lace up with your employees and hit the pavement and watch your own productivity soar!
6. Live Plants.
Take a minute and look around your office.
Does the environment inspire productivity or make you count the minutes until you head home?
The decor of the office is more important than you may think. Artwork and plants make a huge impact on happiness and productivity.
A recent study concluded that the addition of just a few live plants into an office may increase productivity by up to 15%. Picking out live plants is a fun group activity to incorporate into your newly developed wellness program!
Before you read this article, did you think efficiency was all about how to make more money for the business?
Efficiency is not just about working harder, it is about working smarter and more creatively. Incorporating the six tips above into your workplace over the next few months will guaranteed boost productivity, improve efficiency, and increase overall moral of your team.
So have good luck, and have fun with it!