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Ten Steps To Greater Productivity At Work

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Oct 31, 2017 1:37 AM

Every organization, whether large or small, has to deliver results. Productivity and innovation are the primary focus of many companies. A lot of effort and proper planning in the company ensure continuous improvement. Employee productivity depends on the working conditions and other essential factors. This guide focuses on the steps you can take to improve productivity in the workplace.

Avoid Unnecessary Meetings

Interacting with many people for networking purposes is tempting. However, time is valuable for any organization to grow. Set aside a day or two for useful meetings and the rest of the week you can focus on essential chores. Workers who are directly involved in projects inception should attend sessions; the rest should focus on the development of the organization.

Have a To-Do List

At the workplace, there are simple and complicated tasks. Creating a to-do list will help you to organize your work in order of priority. If some of them are large and complex, you can break them into smaller tasks. Additionally, you should set a timer to avoid losing focus. With that list, you can cross off tasks that you have accomplished and know which ones are pending. 


Communication and trust among workers are crucial things to consider. You have to work as a team in the organization to increase productivity. Make sure your co-workers have the tools required to complete their tasks on time. You should note that majority of projects fail due to poor communication. Regular follow-ups will keep your employees on track.

Give Yourself Time for Breaks

Movement and occupational breaks boost energy levels. Success is measured by how much you accomplish and not the hours you spend behind a desk. Studies show that working on a 90-minute interval is effective. You should maintain a sound mind and healthy body by taking regular breaks. Employees tend to be more productive when they are more relaxed.


Every employee should be aware that they are accountable for any decision or action in the workplace. Majority of workers can work without being managed or given assistance. There should be rules and regulations that govern every organization and consequences for failure to follow the rules. This way, every employee will focus on completion of tasks and increase the productivity in the organization.

Do Not Micromanage the Employees 

Workers need to be trusted and given freedom to implement strategies that can deliver results. You should manage and supervise the workers, but do not micromanage them because it can be detrimental to success. Employees should be able to think for themselves and should not necessarily run to the boss with petty issues that they can handle by themselves. It is essential that they analyze the consequences of every decision they make.

Set Achievable Goals

Goals can take a week, a month or even 90 days to be completed depending on the specific type of work. Setting higher goals brings more satisfaction. Goals need to be professional and motivating. You should write them down and analyze them keenly to know where to improve on. Moreover, you should offer rewards to your employees when they achieve a goal to keep them motivated.

Read motivational quotes

Every day at the office is not a good day. There are times when employees face the pressure of deadlines, and the tasks might be too complicated. Reading inspirational quotes regularly in the workplace might give the employees the motivation needed to overcome challenges. You can pin weekly quotes at the entrance of the firm where everyone can read them before starting their daily tasks. 

Get Enough Sleep

Avoid sleeping late so that you can get up early to start the job. Lack of enough sleep can lower the next day's performance at work. Sleeping late means there is a high probability of going to work late reducing productivity. Having a schedule where employees come in a specific time and leave when it is appropriate will ensure they get enough rest. 

Break the Monotony

You should rotate tasks between employees to break the monotony of doing the same job. It can get dull for employees to do the same duties for a long time, even when they are the best. Rotating them will motivate and make them understand all the aspects of the business. Employees are happy when they get a chance to acquire more skills. Employers can offer sponsorship to their workers to motivate them. It will help the workers to gain knowledge and an obligation to perform better because of the money spent on them.

Tension-free mind is essential for the growth of new ideas and achieving maximum results. Adding the above steps to your regular day-to-day operations will increase your level of productivity. Conclusively, you should ensure that there is excellent communication in the organization to allow the employees to work efficiently.

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