In a business world where everything seems to be focused on employee productivity, it is easy to get lost in all of the information available on how to maximize results. From new methods for motivating employees to research on management techniques, there are a seemingly infinite number of ideas out there. One thing that often gets overlooked in the universe of solutions, though, is the work place itself. Here, then, are some tips on how to improve employee productivity and performance by simply changing their work space.
Tip #1: Personalization
Everyone keeps personal items on their desk, and some people keep more than others. The placing of personal items in your work space, such as photos and desk toys, can motivate you for a variety of reasons. They can help keep you in a good mood and motivate you to push through your day. But beyond this, personalizing your office space can give a sense of ownership that is also motivating. So keeping some photographs of your family and friends, artwork your children made, desk toys, and other such things can help improve your mood, and therefore your efficiency. Though do not get too carried away with the decorating, as it can cause distractions and clutter.
Tip #2: Clutter
Speaking of clutter, everyone who has ever worked at or seen a messy workstation knows that having an unkempt work space is not only a hassle, but a distraction as well. All of the clutter lying around where you work can divert your attention and prevent you from mentally dialing in on what you are trying to accomplish.
One solution for this is to routinely clean your work space of unnecessary things, keeping distractions to a minimum. Aside from getting rid of clutter, organizing the things you do keep is important as well.
Tip #3: Organization
Once you have de-cluttered your work station and establish what is necessary to keep, organization is the next step. Just as with clutter, not keeping your workstation organized can be distracting and hinder productivity.
To this point, placing certain items in certain locations within your work space can help improve productivity. Some examples would be storing related objects in the same place and making sure you always keep things where you would expect them to be. Using drawer separators, pen/pencil holders, paper separators, and other such desk organizers can help you with this.
Tip #4: Ergonomics
Everyone who works in an office knows that by the end of the day you get tired of sitting. Not only mentally are you sick of it, but physically too. Studies even show that alternating between sitting and standing throughout the workday can help both your productivity and your health.
Standing throughout the workday can help burn calories, reduce risk of type 2 diabetes, and promote activity. It also keeps your mind and body awake, alert, and focused.
Innovative Winston and Winston-E Sit-Stand Workstations allow you the freedom to switch easily between sitting and standing positions. All while keeping your computer, and everything else you need, comfortably within reach.