With productivity facing an all-time low in a post-pandemic world, what can we do to perk up positivity and get back to business as usual?
If you are looking at ways to liven up your workplace, you wouldn’t be the only one. Working From Home has seen a worldwide dip in productivity, which makes for a negative business view when coupled with all the gaps in the supply chain.
We wanted to examine some of the best ways to boost productivity in the workplace, mainly if you are working from home. Unfortunately, we can’t monitor our staff 12 hours a day, but we can expect them to keep up a high standard when they are online.
How to Make Your Employees Work Harder?
Here’s how you can get the most out of your staff, even if they aren’t in the office.
1 – Consider your Space
If your staff is working from home and still paying total rent on an office building, you miss a trick. There are all sorts of ways you can make money back out of renting a building. Renegotiate your rent with your landlord, for example, or downsize so that you use a coworking space instead of a massive structure for just one business.
Downsizing saves on costs but to incorporate productivity-boosting, you need to think about WFH. Who isn’t performing, and who is? Those that manage well in a WFH environment could be full-time remote workers, allowing you to bring those who can’t concentrate into the office instead.
2 – Outsource More
You’ve all heard of the all-in-one workspace, but the truth is that these are unnecessary nowadays. Nobody needs to do all things for their business in one place anymore; it’s not normal. Outsourcing is cheaper, faster, and means you have fewer overheads. It also lets you downsize the office space if you have to. In addition, your productivity never suffers when you are outsourcing the role to someone else.
3 – Communicate Better
Better communication does help you to work out if your WFH and in-office employees are doing as well as they could be. If your staff can tell you when there is a problem, operations might not run smoothly, but they will run much more efficiently. The team that is able to talk to you when a problem arises is the staff that isn’t sitting on that problem, scared of bringing it up for fear of repercussions.
4 – Evaluate their Tech
We may think that older, cheaper technology will do the job just as well as newer tech will, but whether you are at home or in the office, better tech speeds everything up. Besides the frustration of dealing with old technology driving many employees to mental illness, outdated technology is slower and costs you money. It’s a false investment. Buy new even if you need the loan. It will be worth it in the long run.
Keep at it
Most of all, we need to keep our heads down and not give up. It’s been a tough 18 months for all of us. But, if we stick together, we might make it to the end of this with our businesses still intact.