Happy employees are more productive employees. Research shows that happiness boosts productivity in the workplace by as much as 20 percent. Unhappy employees, on the other hand, are unproductive — and costly. Every year, disengaged workers cost the U.S. economy between $450-550 billion. Don’t make the same mistakes as other companies. Here are five ways to boost happiness at work and increase productivity at the same time.
The Science of Productivity
Here's the actual science behind what makes us more productive and happy at work.
You'll learn what the latest in neuroscience and psychology means for your productivity, and we'll give you concrete tips on how to make it a part of your life.
Fighting mental or physical fatigue at work can be a losing battle if you don’t have the right tools. Both can affect productivity and your overall health. While many of us quickly reach for a coffee or energy drink, these aren’t sustainable solutions to the problem. GetVoIP outlined these ways to boost your energy at work naturally.
The main takeaways are:
1. Pay attention to your chronotype: Each of us has a specific chronotype that syncs the bodies internal clock. Tapping into this chronotype will help you take advantage of the most productive times of the day, and keep you aware of when you might need an energy boost to stay on track. There’s no reason to fight it if you are a night owl!
2. Start Strong: Drinking lemonade, eating a protein-rich breakfast and taking a cold shower have all been scientifically proven to get the day off right. If you are a coffee drinker, wait two hours after you wake up to get drinking.
3. Take breaks: Take micro-breaks every 20 seconds to close your eyes and reset to help prevent screen fatigue. Taking an even longer break to go get the blood flowing will help naturally increase energy levels. You can try working out or just a brisk jog.
4. Hydrate: Be sure to drink enough water. If you are a coffee drinker, it is easy to become dehydrated quickly and dehydration is the leading culprit when your energy is low. If you need caffeine, opt for green tea. It has less caffeine than coffee and is full of anti-oxidants.
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You spend over half your workday checking email—4.1 hours a day, to be exact.
That’s no overblown generalization—it’s a disconcerting fact revealed in a recent study by Adobe Digital Insights (ADI).
Time spent checking work and personal email in 2016. Source.
Whether we like it or not, email has now transitioned into an “always-on” convention that dictates how we spend a significant portion of our time at work.
Workplace productivity is a problem. American workers say their co-workers are unproductive for at least an hour a day, according to one study. Stress, lack of motivation, procrastination — these are just some of the causes of the productivity pandemic. Here are six ways employees can boost productivity in the workplace.
1. Reduce procrastination at work
A sizeable chunk of the American workforce procrastinates at work, according to research. The annual Wasting Time at Work Survey, conducted by Salary.com, found that 70 percent of employees wasted time at work on a daily basis in 2013 — up from the previous year.
It’s late Friday, and your to-do list has four items that are all due within the next hour. When you planned out your week, the workload seemed realistic, but in the end you somehow over-promised and under-delivered.
We all have a tendency to overestimate our capabilities, while at the same time we underestimate how long it will take to complete a task. However noble our intentions are to take on more work, our inability to accurately predict our productivity sometimes leaves us scrambling.
By understanding the science behind why we overestimate our capabilities, we can develop a smarter approach that counteracts our planning biases to create manageable workloads and get more done.
Lebron James had a historic, MVP-level performance in the 2017 NBA Finals, but in the end, his team lost the championship.
At work, we sometimes get caught up analyzing individual performances when the metric that really matters is the overall team productivity. As the traditional silos quickly disappear, our day-to-day work has become a cross-functional, team sport.
Vince Lombardi, the famous NFL football coach, summed up what makes a successful team: “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
Managing a group of diverse personalities and skill sets can be daunting, let alone trying to figure out how to set everyone up for combined success. Luckily, we’ve compiled several research studies with insights that your team can incorporate to help them jell and improve their productivity:
Superb time-management skills are worthless when you’re feeling unmotivated, distracted or tired at work. Until robots take over our day-to-day workloads, our productivity is directly linked to our mental and physical well-being.
The expectation at work to remain competent, motivated and attentive for the entire workday puts a huge strain on our biological resources. Thankfully modern science has given us a better understanding of how our bodies work, which can help us leverage our physiology to work smarter.
By implementing a few biological disciplines, you’ll be able to work with your body and avoid unproductive behaviors like impulsivity, sleep deprivation, and stress.
Here are some hacks based on the biology of productivity that can help you and your team perform at their best:
If you’re one of the lucky software engineers working at Google, you get to design your own workspace. And since everything the company does is done to increase productivity, you can bet this freedom to dictate how and where you work isn’t all just for fun.
You may not be a Googler, but if you’re lucky enough to work from home, you have the ability to customize your office and then some. Everything is in your hands, and you can set things up for maximum personal productivity.
While this degree of freedom can be empowering, it can also be overwhelming, especially when you consider that your performance depends on it. So here are some steps to help you out when customizing your home office to suit your style.
Use Your Home’s Limitations to Your Advantage
Unless you’re in the market for a new house, you’ll be limited by the square meters and style of your home. However, working within certain confinements can lead to surprising results.
Games tap into our inner desire to challenge ourselves. We love the thrill of scoring points and getting to the next level.
But games don’t always have to be a distraction from our everyday lives—they can actually make us more productive when used properly. Using a gamification strategy, you can help your employees get more done at work.
We’ve used psychologist Victor Vroom’s Expectancy Theory to explain how games can help your employees perform better. The theory includes three variables—expectancy, instrumentality, and valence—that describe how motivated employees are to do their job.
We broke down these three variables to help you design a gamification strategy that helps motivate your employees—instead of distracting them.
Google, Mattel, Apple, Disney and Harley-Davidson all have something in common: they started in someone’s garage.
Today, technology disguises the fact that your startup is operating out of your house, which buys you time before you need to start thinking about office space. You can hire a virtual receptionist, employ a remote workforce and implement enterprise-powered tools to run your business like an established company.
This is an amazing time for startups to grow without worrying about burning through cash for rent and equipment. But for many, there comes a point when the work-from-home lifestyle begins to stunt progress. There is no formula based on headcount or revenue to determine when you should consider a change, but there are a few telltale signs.
Here are three indications that it’s time to consider moving your team into a co-working space.