Industrial Insights: 6 Tips For Boosting Workplace Efficiency

Industrial Insights: 6 Tips For Boosting Workplace Efficiency

The following article is a guest post.

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.

Check out ccmn.com.au for example; hiring this company will immediately make the workplace simpler and more efficient.  By employing all of their own technicians, they take care of all the techie stuff, leaving you and your staff time to be more productive.

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.

A recent article states that 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.

4. Match making.

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!

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How Supplements Can Improve Your Overall Health

How Supplements Can Improve Your Overall Health

Dietary requirements, allergies, intolerances, illnesses and other factors can prevent us from getting optimum nutrients and vitamins from food alone. That’s why millions of people all over the world take supplements each day, whether they are recommended by a doctor to treat a deficiency, or just to ensure people get enough of what their diet lacks.

In this article, we’ll give a list of popular recommended supplements to top up your diet and ensure you’re getting the correct dosage of some important nutrients.

Most supplements can be taken harmlessly with no side effects, but you should always thoroughly check labels and get proper medical advice if you’re unsure. For instance, St John’s Wort is widely considered an herbal remedy for depression but can actually decrease the effectivity of contraceptive pills.

For insight into your personal needs, consult with a doctor or nutritionist. Especially if you have a condition that restricts your diet, or you simply want to check that a particular supplement won’t affect any medication you take.

Popular Supplements

Probiotics

Probiotics are live bacteria usually taken in tablet or powder form as supplements for a healthy digestion and immune system. It helps ‘good’ gut bacteria flourish, which in turn helps your immune system to kill bad bacteria that could make you sick.

Prebiotics

Prebiotics basically enable the full effect of probiotics to take hold – think of it like a fertilizer enabling garden plants to properly grow. Find the best prebiotic supplement by visiting chemists, health stores or online.

Multivitamins

Multivitamins are a great solution for busy people. Simply pop one tablet that contains a cocktail of essential vitamins and nutrients! Most multivitamins contain things necessary for everybody, like vitamins A, E, C, K; folic acid; calcium; phosphorous; magnesium; iron; iodine; and plenty more.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is necessary to get through food sources or supplements each day because it can’t be stored in the human body. It’s an antioxidant which increases the volume of iron we can absorb from foods – therefore those with iron deficiency or anaemia should get lots of vitamin C too. It is easily found in fresh vegetables, citrus fruits or supplements, which you can buy cheaply in supermarkets.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is necessary for the body to absorb calcium and phosphate for healthy bones. Supplements help to ensure you get enough daily vitamin D, but you can get it in your diet by eating lots of fatty fish, red meat and eggs. (Vegetarians and vegans therefore should invest in supplements.)

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 facilitates the proper functioning of the nervous system and is involved in the creation of blood cells. It’s vital that everyone gets enough B12.

Though it is usually found in meat and animal products like chicken, milk and eggs – this is another essential supplement for those following a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Iron

Iron is especially vital for women and pregnant women. It is involved in the transportation of oxygen around the body in the blood, which is needed to create energy.

If you experience fatigue, you could be lacking iron or suffering from anaemia. Iron supplements are helpful to top up your blood iron, but you could also eat a diet full of spinach, broccoli, nuts, seeds, brown rice, dried fruit and red meat.

Zinc

Zinc is said to regulate immune function, have effects on memory and learning ability, and help wounds heal quickly. It’s possible to get too much zinc, so it is mostly included in multivitamins rather than a supplement on its own.

Calcium

Calcium is important for healthy bones. Since it is most prevalent in dairy products, vegans or just those who don’t eat much dairy should consider taking a supplement, or a multivitamin containing calcium.

Cod liver oil

Cod liver oil contains plenty of omega-3, vitamin A and vitamin D. It can help with skin diseases, like eczema and rashes, and can help reduce inflammation of the joints and arthritis.

Eating a diet full of fresh foods is essential for good overall health. Though if your diet restricts you from getting some of these necessary vitamins, supplements are a helpful and convenient way to replace them. Ask a doctor’s advice for help with balancing your diet, or you’re experiencing any symptoms associated with lack of vitamins.