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Heat Up Workforce Productivity this Summer!

June 14, 2011

Summer 2011 will officially begin next week.  As the thermometer rises are you concerned that your productivity or that of your workforce may fall?

If you answered yes, here are a few tips that may help:

  1.  A 2008 study by the University of Bristol (UK) confirmed that employees who exercise on work days are more productive, happier, and suffer less stress than on “non-gym” days.

  •  So what can you do?  Consider holding a weekly or bi-monthly drawing that allows employees to enter their name into a raffle ticket for each work day they exercise.  The reward can be as simple as a gift certificate to Subway or any healthy reward.

  2.  An article on the employee-productivity.com website declares “Laughing increases employee productivity – it’s official”.  Paraphrasing another article, they go on to say “…people who love their working environment, their team, their role and their customers are happy, stress free and their employee productivity levels remain extremely high. ”

  • Try to incorporate activities and attitudes that encourage a more relaxed workplace. 
  • Plan a company/team monthly “Friday Fun Day” – have each employee talk about something good that happened at work  and share ideas about what would make coming to work more fun for them (You’ll be surprised that rarely do the answers mention compensation)

3.  According to an 8 month study by the University of Texas (mentioned in this link) which studied how adding vases of flowers all around the office can boost employee productivity, participants of “both genders were shown to demonstrate greater levels of innovative thinking, resulting in the generation of more ideas and original solutions.”

  • Brighten your workplace and get rid of the sterility and “stark professionalism”.  Add plants and flowers go create a more pleasant environment and affect positive change and increased productivity. 

And if none of the above suggestions work for you, just go take a shower!

Enjoy your summer and for more ideas on how to increase worker productivity using technology, check us out at www.statusnotquo.com.

Pam

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