How productive are we really? If you ask our boss, he might have a mixed response. If we aren’t belting along to pop hits from the ‘90s (947 loves Janet) or twerking along to Cardi B’s ‘I Like It Like That’, we’re pulling up celebrity Instagram accounts, critiquing their skin condition and what they’ve done to themselves (do yourself a favour and google Christie Brinkley – a 64 year old goddess who looks no older than 40). Let’s be honest here, with a mediocre Internet connection and social media at the click of a rainbow icon, production levels at the office fluctuate constantly. Is that such a bad thing?
We had a look at ways to increase production levels in the office, and really, we aren’t doing too badly. Some tips included: goal communication, a change in scenery, ambient sounds and encouragement of collaboration by teammates.
Although these are excellent ways to get people working, we cannot look at office productivity in a linear manner. Communication is vital not only to effectively convey, shape and enhance goals but it also builds the relationship between colleagues. Spending more than 8 hours together in a 65 sqm space means you probably see your ‘work husband’ more than your actual one. A problem, yes; one this article won’t help you with.
Knowing and liking your workmates is essential for a relaxed and comfortable environment. If your space is slightly tense, why not try and arrange workshops or team building sessions where people have to spend quality time together. Have meetings with one another where your colleagues feel comfortable enough to open up and share their professional goals. Eliminate a competitive and catty environment by encouraging teamwork on projects, big and small. Although Cardi B might not quite qualify as an ‘ambient sound’, music in the office does work in relaxing the space and getting people to loosen up a bit. Most importantly, have a laugh every now and again. If you’re spending 40 hours a week at work, you might as well try and make it a pleasant experience. If this doesn’t sound like something you’re interested in, perhaps freelancing is better suited to your personality.