The COVID-19 pandemic has brought us many new challenges that we never had to face before, both as businesses and as individuals. To deal with new challenges, we need new strategies and solutions.
In terms of productivity, many of have discovered that working remotely has not impeded productivity, in fact, in many cases productivity has improved since working from home became the norm. However, some people have noticed a marked decline in productivity since the start of remote work, and others who are now coming back to offices will have difficulty with getting back to optimal productivity.
Here is a short guide to maintaining and increasing productivity in the workplace.
1 – Facilitate socialising
Socialising is a vital component of healthy mental wellbeing. Everyone needs a bit of social interaction now and then to feel positive and motivated, so encouraging social activities is a great first step in boosting productivity. Plan a team-building outing, or organise a visit to a live-music event to keep social bonding going.
2 – Physical health
A healthy employee is a happy employee, and happy employees are better at being productive. Showing your commitment to employees’ health will go a long way – and it will boost morale. Consider sending health packages to your staff and organising employee health insurance. Keep in mind that every person has different health needs – check in with your employees regularly to find out how they are doing and what you can do to help them.
3 – Engage with employees
Making everyone feel connected and that they have an important part to play in the team is crucial to team cohesion and engagement. Keep communication open and regular –be welcoming to employees’ ideas and questions and encourage them to let you know if they need adjustments to be able to work more comfortably.
4 – Work environment
Whether you are working at the office, remotely from home, or a mixture of both – your working environment matters. Make sure your employees are happy with their environment – maybe the office temperature needs tweaking? Could the office use some better lighting, or perhaps a water cooler? Maybe an employee needs extra support in working from home? Ask your team how you can improve their environment and watch them become more productive!
5 – Consider flexible working hours
Giving your employees the choice of flexible hours can have an immense effect on their productivity. If your business-type permits, consider letting the staff choose what time they want to start working. If you’re feeling adventurous, look into running a trial of a 4-day working week and see if it will boost your company’s morale and productivity like it has done for many other companies.
Above all, communicate with your employees. If you do not ask, you will not find out what they need to be more positive and productive.