The best office managers know how to get the best out of their employees. That means they need to focus on productivity and efficiency. If you’re running an office where these elements are being throttled, then it’s always going to feel like you’re fighting against the tide.
If you feel that your business needs to put more of a focus on these elements, then this guide is for you.
So what exactly is an employee doing on that particular day? There are many jobs out there in which an employee will just do the same thing day in, day out. But many modern jobs are a lot more dynamic. This is especially true when we look higher up the office hierarchy. This can often lead to a bit of mental meandering. So you’ve got to make sure that every employee is precisely sure of what they need to get done by the end up the day. This is an important part of the Agile office methodology.
Keeping comfort in mind
Ergonomics isn’t just some hipster, new-age term that you can ignore in your office. The fact is that uncomfortable employees simply aren’t going to be as productive or efficient as comfortable employees. The point here isn’t to make employees feel like they’re in some luxurious environment. You just need to make sure you’re getting rid of common discomforts. So make sure those chairs are comfortable and that the temperature in the office is well-regulated.
Some people swear by meetings. They think that there is nothing better than getting everyone in a room so they can discuss this and that about the business. Meetings feel so grown-up, right? Being in them makes you feel so important… right? This sort of thinking is a mistake, I’m afraid! The people with this mindset are definitely in the minority. Unfortunately, they’re usually the minority that are in power! The fact is that the vast majority of meetings are just time sinks. If you’ve got to have them, make sure the only people in there are people who need to be in there, or who can do their work while paying attention to the meeting.
If you’re not making the improvement of your employee’s performance a priority, then you’re doomed in the productivity and efficiency department. Even with all the above taken into action in your office, there will always be room for improvement. And if you’re not keeping a close eye on how your employees work, then you’re going to find it difficult to enhance your team’s performance.
Contrary to what many people think, people who work from home are often more productive than those who don’t. This, of course, is a pretty broad statement that isn’t going to hold true for everyone. But if you’ve got the software and connectivity that would allow employees to work from home, then why not consider letting them work from home perhaps once every couple of weeks? This can help with long-term stress levels, which are absolutely deadly to efficiency.