Five Tips to Ensure a Super Conducive Working Enviroment
Remote working got you stuck in a rut? Not sure how to achieve your full potential amidst all the chaos and uncertainty that 2021 brings? Dont worry. Get the most out of your working environment with this 5 simple tips from Traitily. Be more productive, hit your KPIs and still maintain a good work life balance.
We live in a world where everything and everyone is connected. Why not use this to your full advantage? There are tons of productivity tools available that you can download which will each your work burdens and help you be super productive. From mobile apps to online platforms, productivity tools and planners have come a long way and with the rise of remote and hybrid working, they’re likely to increase in popularity too. There are many options out there to suit all types of business, so why not find the right one for you? Apps such as Evernote, Asana, Pocket, Trello and Todoist definitely help make things easier and more efficient not only for you but for your team as well.
One of the biggest setbacks or worry when it comes to remote working is the lack of opportunity for interaction among peers. As human beings, we are naturally social creatures and a classic work environment allows us to express this characteristic as we are constantly on each other’s radar. One of the best ways to overcome this is to set aside some time in the work day for touching base and just catching up with everyone. This “magic hour” can be solely for checking on each other’s mental health or to ensure the day’s work is done before signing off for the day. It doesnt even have to be a formal online meeting. Keep it casual. Something you’d do everyday if you were working in a regular office before you head off. Ask each other what’s your dinner plans or your weekend plans etc. Helping people feel connected could go a long way in improving their productivity.
Make it a policy to remind each other to take a break. A coffee break, a snack break, take the time to eat breakfast/lunch or just go for a walk and stretch your legs. Studies have shown, working long hours do not improve productivity. Instead it increases the chances of burning out which is something everybody needs to avoid! Taking regular breaks can help people feel re-energized and come back with a clearer mind. It also helps to avoid muscle/bone issues from sitting too long regardless how ergo dynamic the workstation is. So remember, give yourself a few breaks. Your mind and body will thank you for it.
Oops I Did It Again
How many times have you come out of a meeting thinking this could have been an email or simple phone call? Instead of an hour of just unnecessary chatter. Many times? Haha. Same here. Its got to a point that whenever I need to set up a meeting, Im constantly asking myself “Is this necessary or can it be resolved over an email?” Let me share some stats I found about workplace meetings – 1) 67% of employees say too many meetings stop them from getting their best work done. And 2) 68% of US professionals say poorly organized meetings are wasting their time. So.. only set up a meeting if you need to and only invite people who are supposed to be there. Have a plan for the meeting and schedule it in advance not at the last minute. Everyone hates having to to mess up their work schedules so be considerate.
You Drive Me Crazy
Emails. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. So what do you do? Keep it simple! If you find yourself writing an email that is already on it’s fifth paragraph, maybe it’s time to consider if a phone call is more efficient. The busiest of the busy bees won’t have time to read long emails and most people get majorly turned off the moment they see an email that is just words and words and words. So set the tone right by keeping it simple. Another way to improve productivity? Immediately unsubscribe from unnecessary marketing emails. Trust me on this.
So there you go! Five essential tips from Traitily to you on how to ensure a great productive working environment. Stay safe and happy working!