5 Things that Boost Workplace Productivity

officeThe average Australian spends about eight hours a day at work, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.—during this time, some people reach high levels of productivity, while some are just counting down the minutes until it’s time to go home.

Some cannot seem to focus on tasks, and it does not necessarily mean they hate their jobs. It could mean that their workspace lack the elements that help them become productive. If you are planning to redecorate the office, make sure to add these things that can boost the productivity of your team:

Potted Plants

Plants can boost employee productivity and office aesthetics, too. A walk through nature can calm the mind; putting plants in the office has a similar effect. Another known benefit of plants is that they improve the quality of air inside a room.

Water Cooler

Dehydration is one of the many health issues employers often overlook. The fact is that even slight dehydration can hamper an employee’s visual perception, reasoning ability, and even mathematical skills. Employees should actually be drinking about 100-200ml of water at intervals during the day, so keep an office water cooler to keep teams functioning to the best of their abilities.

Soft, Leather Chairs

Increase productivity in the workplace by making your team feel comfortable. If they don’t like the setting, there is a big chance that they won’t deliver the quality of work that you expect them to. Soft, leather chairs are your best bet—it’s the kind of chair most employees seem to love.

Standing Workstation

Sitting all day increases a person’s chances of developing diabetes and other health problems. Standing workstations are becoming increasingly popular, and if you are really concerned about productivity in the workplace, invest in them.

Exercise Equipment

Consider putting up a small “office gym”. Place a pull-up bar leading to the break room or pantry, or just put it in a doorframe somewhere. In addition, it is a plus for you, because healthy workers get sick less often and use less health care.

Many other things can make your office an efficient place to work in. Do not limit yourself to what’s on this list; try experimenting with other things. Whatever you decide to do, your main goal should be to keep employees happy and comfortable.

About the Author

As a New York-based psychologist. Thelma Scott has conducted several seminars tackling adult autism.