Workplace productivity, for many of us, comes in peaks and troughs. We find ourselves ‘on a roll’ for a few hours, then hit a block – and really struggle to get ourselves back on track.
If this happens to you, then no doubt it happens to your employees. And when it does, we might feel compelled to top up our coffee, or sacrifice our lunchtime out of fear we’ll fall way behind. But these types of actions can be counterintuitive (we’ve all experienced the notorious caffeine crash!). They can actually end up sapping our productivity even more.
As an Entrepreneur article rightly points out, ‘Sometimes there are distractions, and other days it feels like there’s no solid reason why you’re struggling.’ Rather than feeling ‘stilted and stuck at work,’ it recommends a number of non-work related activities that could end up boosting your and your team’s productivity. Here they are…
Don’t neglect a good stretch. Sometimes, simply standing up and walking around the office is all that’s needed to refocus the mind. Even pushing your chair back from your desk and stretching your arms and legs will get your blood flowing and may deliver a kick of productivity!
Don’t skip the lunch break
Eating ‘al desko’ is really bad for your productivity levels (plus, it’s super unhygienic). A Tork survey revealed that, of the people who enjoyed a lunch break every day, 78% believe they are ‘as effective and efficient’ as they’d like to be. This compares to 71% of people who don’t take a lunch break every day.
OK, so that’s not a huge difference, but a lunch break is an opportunity to give your brain and eyes a break, catch up with colleagues, and re-energise for the afternoon.
It’s amazing what a bit of fresh air can do! If you need to refocus your mind and de-stress, a change of scenery may be just the ticket. Better still, go for a half-hour walk; as well as helping you to work more productively, walking has been proven to boost creativity.
Hit the gym
Exercise, and the endorphins it releases, gives us a mega energy boost and sharpens our minds – both of which can help us with our work. If you can’t squeeze in a lunchtime workout, going early in the morning will help to set you up for the day.
Meditation can help to ‘centre yourself in a hectic world,’ and you needn’t sit still and quiet for hours to reap the benefits. Nowadays, there are plenty of apps available that can guide you through short meditation sessions to help you reset. Don’t knock it…
Embrace the Pomodoro Technique
‘What’s the Pomodoro Technique?’ we hear you ask. It’s actually a simple trick to help boost productivity levels. You simply set a timer for 25 minutes and see how much work you can get done in that time, before taking a five-minute break (and repeating the process). The article’s author tested the theory and gave it a thumbs up.
The design of your workplace also has a huge impact on team productivity, and it’s something the experts at Kerr can help you with. We specialise in the design, build and supply of innovative, inspiring workplaces employees love to work in. Get in touch today to find out more about our services or our past projects.