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COCOGEN's Tips to Improve Office Productivity
January 29, 2021

In today's modern workplace, productivity is a cup of coffee – a shot of espresso or a tall glass of frappuccino – you decide. The fast-paced flight of this generation’s workforce demands an equally fast and more productive approach on every aspect. But that’s the thing about productivity- it’s not always there when you need it. And of course, to feel totally unproductive at times is only human. But what if someone cannot afford to be unproductive? Deadlines are always there, after all, making their presence felt, and you are left feeling stuck together with the people you work with. Now, if you need that boost of productivity to get through the daily work grind, here are some of COCOGEN's ideas you and your colleagues could find helpful: Make the office feel like family.
There is a boundary between work and personal life. Depending on the type of relationship you have with your colleagues, you can actually create an atmosphere that resonates home. Sure, there can be times when you are at each other’s throats but working on a team lets you know that no matter how much stress can burn you out, you have one another to make it through.
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Don’t underestimate all those boring company trainings and workshops held for employees. There’s a reason these are held quarterly. Having extensive knowledge of the company you work for and the job you do boosts not just employee confidence but morale as well, and if you are confident, you are more likely to be a productive employee.
Listen.
In a team, everybody has a say- it’s called a team for that matter. Listening to your colleagues’ opinions and suggestions makes for a better decision-making process for the whole company. If you’re a supervisor, valuing what your team has to contribute in terms of ideas and concepts can make them feel more productive and appreciated.
Arm them with the right weapons. You don’t send someone to war with a fork. Work itself is already stressful as it is. Imagine doing it without the right equipment. Even something as small as a laptop working at a snail’s pace or an internet connection that feels like a dial-up can dampen your employees’ productivity. Give them what they need to do their jobs well instead of reasons to slack off.
Don’t hold favorites. Equality in the workplace is very important. Showing preference on one employee over the other can create a rift in the team. Remember, give credit where it is due, just make sure you’re treating everybody equally.
Answer their inquiries. It’s impossible for your team to know everything so it’s best to encourage them to ask smart questions. Be approachable because if they feel scared coming to you when they’re unsure about something can lead to disastrous decisions that may ruin your team and your brand. And don’t even think about mocking them for not knowing something because making them feel incompetent is a sure-fire way to down their confidence and productivity.
It’s the small things. A pat on the back is enough to make an employee feel valued as part of the team. As we mentioned before, give credit where credit is due so praise them when they do a good job. A lunch out or a night of bowling and drinks can do wonders in encouraging your team to be productive. Don’t forget- if they’re happy and appreciated, they’ll be more inspired to do and be their best.
Productivity may be a cup of caffeine but there are other factors that can contribute to your employees’ work drive. Following the tips above are just a few of the many ways you can help make the office environment a productive one. *** The author of this article contributed in their own personal capacity. The views expressed are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of COCOGEN Insurance.