By: Devin Morrissey
Maintaining productivity and positivity in the workplace is an ongoing struggle for many businesses and employees. The grind of 9-to-5 life weighs on people and makes it hard to find excitement and motivation throughout the day.
Most employers know that disengaged team members can ruin workplace productivity. So how do you improve motivation and cultivate good attitudes at the office? How can innovation inspire positive change in the productivity of workers within a business? Let’s take a look at a few tactics:
Everyone is familiar with the afternoon slump. You’re tired and distracted, but there are still a few hours left in the day. You’ve already exceeded your daily allotment of caffeine – so how will you make it through to 5 p.m.?
Music is a great tool that can help workers stay engaged and productive throughout the day. Songs can inspire positivity and keep workers happy as the afternoon rolls along, or provide some ambient noise to drown out the sounds of office chatter and other sounds.
There are even pre-made playlists to suit a variety of musical tastes, which can help workers maintain productivity through an afternoon in the office. Some might prefer soothing classical music or lyricless study beats while others prefer rock anthems or ballads. Whatever your taste is, just choose your mood, put on your headphones, and let the music help you through the afternoon.
Company culture is extremely important for employee happiness, well-being, and productivity. Unhappy employees are not productive workers, and people work better when they feel like their work is being appreciated by the company at large. Employees feel more valued when work is a great place to be at.
It’s important to keep employees engaged by improving your company culture. No matter how great you think your culture might be, there is always room for growth and improvement. A good company culture could become great. A great company culture can serve as an ever-evolving model for new businesses looking to ramp up their own culture.
There are several human resource methods that can improve company culture, like dialing in your company’s systems for feedback, pay, training, and hiring. Additionally, activities like once-a-month pizza parties, birthday celebrations, or on-site yoga classes can help employees feel like they matter and that their hard work is appreciated.
If you value your employees and their work, offer transparency and provide opportunities for growth, reward, and appreciation – your employees will likely work harder for you and be happier doing so.
Music and a great company culture can only get so far if your company’s leadership isn’t up to par. Transparent, fair, kind, and innovative leadership is one of the greatest markers of a company’s productivity and success.
Effective leadership involves growth, learning, and listening to your employees. To help increase productivity, some companies choose to utilize the effective concept of mind mapping. Mind mapping can help organize and sort through project management, planning, thinking skills, and more. Providing training and including the whole company on techniques like this is a great way to be an engaged and effective leader.
But even more importantly, perhaps, is a leader’s ability to listen to their employees and make adjustments and changes accordingly. After all, a leader is there to guide and serve the people. It’s important that all voices are heard in order for employees to be happy, engaged, and productive.
The success of a business largely depends on its productivity. Companies can help their employees get inspired and motivated to remain productive all day long by promoting a strong and positive company culture, using techniques like listening to motivating music, and prioritizing effective leadership.
Happy and motivated workers are productive workers, so nothing is more important to the success of your business than a positive and inspired workforce. If you find your business in a slump, try looking at productivity as a chance for growth and improvement rather than an obstacle impeding your success. Your company will be better for it.
By Devin Morrissey
About the author
Devin prides himself on being a jack of all trades; his career trajectory is more a zig zag than an obvious trend, just the way he likes it. He pops up across the Pacific Northwest, though never in one place for long. You can follow him more reliably on Twitter.