It’s February, and that means the holidays are behind us, and even the newness of the New Year has finally worn off. How do you make sure your employees pick up their productivity now that the holiday season is over? Here are some tips to help your team get back into the swing of things in 2020.
It may feel counterintuitive, but not only encouraging your team to take breaks for mandating them is crucial for productivity. The human brain needs breaks to function most optimally. Create an environment where your team feels comfortable stepping away from their workspace for several minutes at a time and refresh.
Some people are just natural procrastinators. Others develop these habits over the holidays and find it hard to get back in the groove. You can reduce procrastinating by offering incentives to accomplish projects within a specific time frame. This will get everyone back into the groove of getting things done on time.
There was a time when the competition was the primary motivator in the office. Today, more employees thrive on collaboration. Don’t pit your team against one another; encourage them to work together. Different employees will have different strengths, and that can help improve the quality of the work and the ability to deliver projects on time.
One of the biggest productivity killers in the workplace is unnecessary meetings. That’s not to say all meetings are pointless, but it does mean you may want to take a closer look at your meeting strategy. Is this something that can be discussed one-on-one? Is it something that can be communicated through digital media like email or text? When you do have a meeting, how can you keep it short and on track?
Turn Up the Heat
We don’t mean this metaphorically. What we mean is that comfortable employees are always more productive than uncomfortable employees. You may want to save money by keeping the heat low in your office, but your team has to bundle up or even use space heaters at their desk. You’re not saving any money if you lose productivity in the process.
Are you getting back into the swing of things this February? Contact Harvard Resource Solutions today to see how we can help.