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3 Ways to Improve Productivity

Updated: Mar 7


An employee increasing productivity because of her comfortable office.

Have you ever walked into the office and noticed your employees looking distracted and frustrated? Well, there are simple ways you can fix that. As a business owner, it is your job to ensure everyone is comfortable while getting their work done. Have you considered making changes to the office to improve productivity or trying to connect with the team on a more personal level? Here are three facts that can increase the productivity of your employees.


#1 Keep it moving

One of the biggest struggles many have is perfectionism. Perfectionism does not always feel like a problem. It can be good to make the end product well-rounded and eliminate issues for a finalized version. But, with perfectionism comes plenty of negatives. As a business owner, you may be tempted to have your employees create a perfect end product which may create frustration when the team cannot get it right. It also takes valuable time away from other projects, even ones that need more time. By trying so hard to be perfect, you and your employees will find a decreased confidence and obsess with trying to get something just right. It can be a hard habit to break, but that is why you have constructive criticism amongst your team. Set it aside and move on to something else for the time being. You can always come back to it!



#2 Plants

Did you know that adding plants to your office environment can help increase productivity? Yes, it is true! Having greenery and plants in an office will help your employees feel more relaxed, making them more productive. After all, how can one be productive when there are too many stressful stimuli around them? If it seems far-fetched, read this fact from a study:


"The calming effects calculated during the study showed that anxiety decreased significantly from pre- to post-intervention."

According to Plants can improve your work life from Science Daily.


Also,


"The results suggest that if employers would provide active encouragement for workers to take 3-min 'nature breaks,' the mental health of their employees would improve."

#3 Technology

Most buildings today are over-lit because lights are on at full intensity while there is enough natural daylight. This wastes energy, creates discomfort, and reduces productivity. Preferred light levels and automated shade control are conducive to a productive work environment. This is why you should automatically set lights and shades to adjust throughout the day based on daylight available to increase productivity (which saves money!). That is where we come in. Advanced Light & Sound can help you create a room environment through technology that allows your employees to remain comfortable and increase productivity. Using shade zones that easily reconfigure allows for the flexibility to use a room without rewiring. You can alter these zones to meet specific needs and fit your unique office environment. Using automatic shades to block and reflect direct sunlight reduces air conditioning usage in summer, saves you money, and can be used to insulate the building in winter. Contact us today to make your office environment more comfortable!





Sources:



American Society for Horticultural Science. "Plants can improve your work life." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 2 January 2020. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200102184829.htm>.


Toyoda, Masahiro, Yuko Yokota, Marni Barnes, and Midori Kaneko. "Potential of a Small Indoor Plant on the Desk for Reducing Office Workers’ Stress". HortTechnology hortte 30.1 (2020): 55-63. < https://doi.org/10.21273/HORTTECH04427-19>. Web. 16 Feb. 2024.

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