One of the biggest myths in the business world is that people are not giving their best because they lack motivation. It’s easy to accuse your employees of not trying hard enough but is this really the case? Sure, some people can’t be bothered to do their work (let alone go that extra mile), yet, there are those who just lack proper conditions. Of course, it would be insane to expect that you’ll alter the entire place for a single employee but what if all it takes is just a bit of effort? What if all you need to do in order to make your employees give their best is make a slight alteration? Here are several things you can try out.
Enforce regular breaks
The first thing you need to focus on is the importance of regular breaks. You see, some people believe that they can achieve more by working longer hours, nonetheless, there’s a flaw to this logic. As you work, your focus starts dropping, which means that the first hour of work tends to be much more productive than the last one. By enforcing regular breaks, you can somewhat manage this problem. Also, there are methods such as the Pomodoro technique, which are supposed to reliably and efficiently solve this problem once and for all. Other than helping your team be more productive, this also helps you get an easier way of tracking how much each task takes.
Distractions are some of the greatest productivity killers and they come in many different forms. For instance, noise that comes from office chit-chat, outside traffic, foot traffic next to you or the humming of the office appliances may have different effects on various people. Other than this, there are some visual distractions that may take place all across the office. For instance, it’s known that mess is incredibly distracting, which is why neatness in the office tends to be a productivity factor. There are also tactile distractions present, like, for instance, the fact that someone is moving you to walk behind you because desks are too tightly packed. All in all, the more distractions you manage to minimize the better.
Restrict their access to social media
Unless their work is strictly related to their social media presence, you need to restrict your employees’ access to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and similar platforms. There are several ways to do so and the choice is yours. First of all, instead of using Viber of WhatsApp for communication, you need to find an app that your employees aren’t using for private conversations. Those who believe that such a thing would be impossible, for as long as your employees use their personal smartphones at work, can always invest in reliable two way radios. You can also restrict access to these platforms or use employee monitoring software to make sure they’re staying away from them.
Allow some people to work from home
One of the biggest problems with the traditional office model lies in the fact that it’s conceived with extroverts in mind. The problem is the fact that introverts tend to outperform extroverts in so many fields if they’re given the same opportunity. Now, the cubicle system is a double-edged sword and it’s suggested by more and more experts that it should be avoided. The best alternative to it would be to allow those who wish so to work from home. In fact, you can even make telecommuting the cornerstone of your business model and pay for the shared office space to all those who wish a more traditional workplace.
Long-term and short-term goals
In the field of education, there is a division to field-dependent and field-independent learners – those who can’t see the tree from the forest and those who can’t see the forest because the tree is in the way. Same goes for office productivity. There are some people who are just fine working towards a long term goal, yet, there are those who just need short-term goals so that they can feel like they’re making progress on a daily basis. It’s for the best if you can provide both of these goal types.
By doing these five simple things, you’ll create an environment in which most of your employees can thrive and prosper. The best of it all is that you can achieve this without disrupting your business model in any way possible.