6 Most Effective Ways to Increase Workplace Productivity

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.

The reason?

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Have You Heard Ashton Kutcher’s Super Simple Email Tip for Getting More Done?

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Email is more than just a communication method — it’s a productivity hack endorsed by a Hollywood superstar. Actor and philanthropist Ashton Kutcher recently said that email is “everyone else’s to-do list for you” — a schedule of tasks from friends and family that you need to complete.

Talking to the Thrive Global podcast, Ashton revealed his simple strategy for more productive email communication. He doesn’t spend the first hour of his working day browsing his inbox. No, he writes out what he wants to accomplish over the next few days instead.

The result?

Less time wasting and more productivity. “All I was doing was other people’s work all day long,” Ashton says. “I never actually got to the things that I wanted to accomplish.”

It sounded great on the Thrive Global podcast, but does Ashton’s email timesaver actually work? And does it lead to more effective communication? Read on to find out.

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5 Ways to Boost Happiness at Work — and Increase Productivity in the Process

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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.

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Science-Backed Tips to Boost Energy at Work

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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How A Team of 3 Needed I Done This to Stay In Sync and Prioritize Work

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Productivity is everything at startups. And, with all the chaos that happens at startups (growth, hiring, legal – you name it), it’s easy to lose sight on tracking your productivity.

That’s where Markitors found themselves last year.

Markitors Team

Markitors is a growing digital marketing agency in Scottsdale, Arizona with 3 full time employees and 15 small business clients. If you Google “digital marketing company”, Markitors usually appears on the first page of the search engine results. As a result, you’ll find a lot of the chaos at Markitors that you’d find in a typical startup. Onboarding new employees. Finding new office space. Delivering results for clients. Making sure deliverables are met. And, ensuring that the company is operating at max productivity to bring on employee #4.

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How to run effective meetings with I Done This

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Qualaroo has been leveraging I Done This to continuously improve their ops, communication, and efficiency. Their team wanted to streamline their weekly all-hands on deck meeting process.

The Qualaroo team was slogging through a Google document maze for weekly meetings but switched over to I Done This 100% to run more effective meetings. At the start of the week they now list their goals with a #weekly in I Done This. Every day they see how their team is progressing against their weekly goals.

The team limits each team member to five talking points from their #weekly entries and the rest of the entries were reviewed independently on I Done This. Any communication that involves one other person or small group would be moved to after the meeting to ensure  a speedy meeting. Qualaroo’s CEO, Brad Wittwer, called ecstatically about how I Done This just saved everyone on the team 30 minutes. After doing the math, this was a huge cost savings for them. From Brad, “I Done This just cut down our all-hands meeting by 33%, which means you just saved us thousands of dollars.”

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