Businesses are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to improve employee productivity and boost engagement at work. From investing in new office graphics and adding spaces for employees to unwind to flexible working hours, there are a number of things employers do to try to improve the mood and feeling of their workspace. In this post, we will take a closer look at some of those employee perks and just how they can help to boost productivity at work.
Making a difference
A study in 2018 found that 22% of people blame workplace culture for a lack of engagement and productivity. This included things like a lack of recognition and poor management. A further 29% of those asked said they believed a negative working environment, including office morale and an ill-equipped workspace, equated to poor productivity. But how can you combat this negativity and ensure that your employees are happy, healthy and motivated?
53.7% of people in the UK placed a healthy work-life balance as one of the top three employee perks when looking for a new job role. The same went for India, Singapore and Australia. Flexible working and having an understanding of your employee’s needs and responsibilities outside of work is important to making the most of the time they spend in work. If you’re demanding too much of your employees and they’re not getting enough time to wind down and take care of themselves, their families and friends, they’re going to be distracted at work with their at-home responsibilities.
Nowadays, most businesses offer some level of benefits for their employees. Whether it’s free cinema tickets, vouchers for the local shopping centre or taking advantage of the latest 777 casino offers, rewarding your employees for their hard work, loyalty and dedication can go a long way to improving their productivity. People tend to want to work harder when they know their time and effort is appreciated and recognised.
With no opportunity to develop, learn and progress, some people may feel demotivated to work as hard as they could. To give your employees the motivation to go the extra mile, you need to demonstrate your own dedication to helping them progress and grow. This could be internal promotions, learning from mentors or even providing external qualifications. Whatever it may be, demonstrating an investment, time or money, into your employees is a great way to get the most of your staff whilst they are at work.
In the UK, the average working week is 40 hours. That means you will be spending almost a quarter of the hours in a week at work. Factor in commuting time and the hours spent sleeping, you’re likely to spend more time with your colleagues than you do with your family or friends. So, it pays to spend the time getting to know your team and bonding outside of the workplace. Getting along with their team means your employees are more likely to enjoy their workplace, therefore boosting productivity. It’s a win-win.