Managing a team has its rewards and obstacles. Unfortunately, when a team doesn’t reach its maximum productivity, it can be difficult for a manager to orchestrate solid results.
Why do employees fail to sustain productivity? The simple answer is that often they’re too distracted. Texting, workplace gossip, the Internet, and social media are just a few of the distractions thwarting employee productivity, according to a CareerBuilder study of 2,100 hiring managers and 3,000 employees released in June 2014.
Want to significantly improve employee output? Here are five ways to hack your team’s productivity:
Related: Apply the brakes before you break
1. Give the right amount of break time.
Most managers know breaks are crucial for maximizing employee results. But what's the optimal length of time for a respite?
In August, the company behind the time-tracking app DeskTime isolated the top 10% of the most productive employees who used its tool and analyzed their computer use across a workday. This study revealed that these productive employees work on average 52 minutes and break for 17 minutes.
DeskTime concluded that 17 minutes is the ideal length of time for a break.
2. Set up a good workflow.
A good workflow is essential to a team’s productivity and success. If it’s missing, employees might feel lost. To solve this problem, determine realistic goals for staffers and build a workflow based around that.
3. Let employees decide where they work.
Don’t confine employees to a cubicle or force them to labor in an open space. Give them the opportunity to select a work setting by offering a variety of options, including meeting spaces, off-site locations, or even comfy couches.
4. Skip the office chairs.
When people are engaged in sedentary work, they may not reach their potential for creativity. In fact, office chairs prevent people from being productive, according to a study of 54 experimental groups engaged in creative work Social Psychological Personality Science published in June.
Instead of holding meetings around a conference table, encourage people to move around a room while brainstorming. This will keep them engaged and boost their ability to collaborate.
5. Take away the tech.
Want to drastically improve productivity? Remove technology from team meetings and brainstorming sessions. Studies suggest technology might actually hurt productivity.
First, consider implementing a no-phone policy for such gatherings. Employers might also want to eliminate laptops from meetings.
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