This article was written by Jon Platy, the content producer for Principal Homebuyers, blogging and writing content for their site. In the last few years he has worked harder to become more productive in his work and swears by the Pomodoro Technique.
In today’s economic climate, where everyone, whether a consumer or a business, is struggling, it’s more important than ever to get the most out of the working day.
If you own a small business, and want to ensure that your employees are as productive as possible without you having to be the bad guy and crack a whip constantly, then check out the following productivity enhancing ideas:
Boost Your Productivity Today with These 5 Tips
1. Remote Working.
When you think of “working from home” it’s easy to imagine someone lounging in their pyjamas watching daytime TV while they have a spreadsheet open (but forgotten) on their laptop. That couldn’t be further from the truth. If you allow your most trusted employees to work from home, in most cases they really will work.
Remote working is a privilege, and most people see it as such. By allowing your employees to work from home you save them the hassle of a daily commute, meaning they have more free personal time. This can be a brilliant motivator.
Investing in unified communications tools or a good groupware solution will make it much easier for people to work together.
Even small teams can benefit from unified communications systems, version control systems, and groupware.
If people need to talk frequently, or will be editing the same documents at the same time, then anything you can do to make that go more smoothly will increase productivity.
How much time are people wasting on manual backups, fiddly document editing, or entering data into archaic expenses spreadsheets.
The technology is there to automate a lot of tedious tasks. It might take a while to set it up, but over the course of months of repeating that task it will save you a lot of time.
4. Ditch the Distractions.
Try to make sure that each employee has the time they need to do their job.
Your programmers shouldn’t be answering the phone, your HR manager shouldn’t be unpacking deliveries, and your PR person shouldn’t be helping your secretary figure out what’s wrong with that Excel spreadsheet.
Granted, in a small company sometimes it is “all hands on deck”, but those moments should be the exception.
If your employees are spending more time on tasks that are outside of their job description than they are on their actual job, your key projects will be suffering. Sort it out.
5. Be More Flexible.
If there’s one thing that can destroy productivity, it’s low morale. And if there’s one thing that destroys morale, it’s being micro-managed.
Give your employees a chance to prove themselves, and let them manage their own work day. Stop worrying about them being five minutes late back from their morning break, or taking lunch early. If people need a few more minutes to clear their heads, give it to them.
Some people work well in short bursts, other people can spend all morning struggling for inspiration, then have a marathon of productivity. As long as the work gets done, does it matter how they did it?