Working from anywhere is now more possible than ever for many workers thanks to the evolution of technology in recent times. Homeworking is a reality for a wide range of office workers these days and while this is exciting in some respects, it can be challenging in others. It is essential that your workers are on task to get work done. All environments pose challenges. Therefore, today I am going to give you some tips for getting work done in any location.
Whether you work in a coffee shop or a cubicle office, comfort is the cornerstone to productivity. If you are not comfortable you will find it difficult to dedicate the mental energy required to stay on task. I am not saying live in your pajamas and lay on the sofa comfortably but where you work matters.
Communicate with your employees about what you can do to ensure they are better equipped for their duties. For example, your employee might have not had the right screen for their eyes. This might be causing eye strain which makes it difficult for your employee to focus. Invest in eye care technology screens that can help your employee be productive. This may seem like a small detail to some, but it will make a huge difference for your workers.
Keeping in mind the different requirements each employee will have, transform your workspace to benefit their needs. For example, you could provide different rooms for those who work in sales and will often be on the phone. Their constant conversations could prove distracting for admin workers. This can be applied to those working from home as well. If you can recommend that your workers work in quiet spaces if they need it, do it. But talk to them about the real issues they face if that is a challenge and make appropriate allowances.
Develop a Productive Strategy
Understanding the needs of your employees is important. Even if your office is tied to an eight-hour workday, it does not mean you cannot make allowances to for your team to work at their best. Keeping the idea in your head that we are all different is important when you want your team to perform at their best.
You might be very proud of your office and you should be if you have put effort into providing a comfortable workplace for your employees. But that is not how everyone can work the most productively. Developing a case by case approach can help your workers feel valued and help them be as productive as they can be. For example, if you have an employee that would like to spend more time with their children by working from home on a different schedule then allow that within outlined parameters.
Creating this kind of strategy can help you give your workers the lifestyle they would prefer which will raise morale and transfer into enthusiasm for their work. Creating attainable goals and timeframes are important for workers that want to lead a varied lifestyle.
Take Regular Breaks
Hard work should be celebrated but not at the risk of one’s health. When employees take more breaks, it helps them be productive. Our brains need time to pause and think throughout the workday. Our minds often digest information in those moments of wondering which fuels productivity. Regular recharging is critical to developing a productive workflow for your team. Many suggest that every 90 minutes, our bodies turn toward physiological fatigue as a response to extended focus. Taking a 10-minute break can help combat that fatigue and come back to tasks with a refreshed concentration.
To summarize, efficient working can be achieved anyway. It does not have to take place in a traditional office but there is nothing wrong with that approach either. Being fluid with workers will often create a win-win situation for employers and employees. Communication is key if you are not working in the same physical place as your employees, but this is achievable with the support of modern technology.