The key to making your company more profitable lies in boosting your income while lowering your expenses (or maintaining them low). One of the ways you can achieve this is by improving the productivity of your employees. However, spending a fortune to gain a small edge in this area is hardly worth it. Therefore, here are four ways in which you can boost your company’s productivity with little to no investment.
Set the optimal temperature
When it comes to improving productivity on a budget, don’t expect overnight solutions to boost the performance of your team by 20 or even 30 percent. The key here is to take several smaller actions which will together produce a noticeable positive result. For instance, a worker who is too hot or too cold might have trouble focusing, which is why you might want to set the optimal temperature for office work. According to several surveys, this is at about 22 Celsius (71.6 degrees Fahrenheit). Those who have smart thermostats installed in their office can maintain this temperature with relative ease.
Reduce the number of meetings
One survey claims that an average office worker spends about 31 hours every month on meetings, most of which are completely unnecessary. Unfortunately, the problem caused by this runs even deeper than it may seem at first. Not only are you taking an employee away from their task, but you’re also potentially breaking their inspiration. If they have been working for two hours straight before you summoned them to a meeting, they won’t just be able to carry on where they left off upon their return. Therefore, make sure to prioritize topics that are meeting-worthy and handle all the rest through a circular email or a public announcement.
Paint the walls
It is a well-known fact that different colors affect us on an emotional level. For instance, while blue is generally deemed as ‘the most productive color’ this really depends on the tasks of your employees. For instance, yellow has a soothing effect on people, which makes it ideal for creatives. On the other hand, aggressive red is great for those performing physical tasks or even for your sales team (as they are people who are constantly supposed to be alert and battle-ready).
Keep the place clean
Clutter everywhere around the room is both a distraction and a physical inconvenience, which is why it should be handled as quickly as possible. Not only does clutter make traffic around the room more difficult, but it might also conceal items that are necessary for work. Just looking for these items is a time-waster, which could have been easily avoided in the first place. Moreover, by keeping the place neat you are also making it more presentable for potential investors, partners and clients who come to pay you a visit.
Reduce the noise
Finally, one of the things that disrupts productivity the most is noise. There are several ways in which you can battle this nuisance. First of all, you need to separate your break room from your work area, or at least make everyone go on a break at the same time. Those willing to invest a bit more might even decide to opt for silent peripherals or noise-canceling headphones. Finally, by purchasing cozy rugs and carpets, you can significantly reduce the noise caused by foot traffic.
As we mentioned previously, while every single one of these trends boosts your productivity a bit, they shine the most when implemented together. Apart from these simple and frugal ideas, you can also try taking your office outside every once in a while for a change of scenery, if nothing else. A happy employee is 12 percent more productive, and this is something you should definitely never drop from your sight.