Every business could benefit from finding a way to maintain or increase productivity. Several strategies exist to encourage more output, from upgrading computer software to offering incentives to employees. No matter what your industry, there are two strategies that will always improve production: encourage a healthy staff and inspire creativity. That’s not to say that only fit employees with remarkable physique should be hired, nor does it mean that only people with creative hobbies make efficient workers. However, it does mean that managers should promote health and creativity within the workplace. Below, you’ll find a few ways to create a healthier (and more creative!) office. These strategies are easy to follow, and employees won’t need to adjust their daily routine.
1. Create A Workplace That’s Unique And FunA handful of companies have learned that happy employees are productive employees. Google, for example, offers free Starbucks, a fitness center and daycare services. But you don’t need to be a multi-billion dollar search-engine to create a unique workplace. Consider installing a flat-screen T.V., a Ping-Pong table or even a smoothie machine. If your employees enjoy working, they will be more creative. Creativity isn’t possible without inspiration, but making a few positive adjustments to the workplace can inspire new ideas. Incorporating natural scenery into the workplace is another motivational technique. This isn’t a new idea, but it still is effective. Consider combining skylights with a garden area. If these are near the break room, it will make that 30 minutes away from work a lot more relaxing.
2. Shared DesksIf you want to generate new ideas and keep employees engaged, consider installing shared desks. When two or more employees sit together, they can share thoughts and develop new ideas. Some employers argue that socializing can hurt productivity, but it can result in new ideas that improve business processes. Also, they emphasize that employee happiness is a high priority, which makes workers less reluctant to be productive.
3. Encourage Happy-Hour Fitness GroupsThere’s a reason why restaurants and bars offer specials around 5:30 p.m.: to attract workers leaving the office. But instead of spending money on high-calorie food with little nutritional value, why not exercise with co-workers when everyone clocks out? It’s no secret that people are more likely to continue a fitness routine if they workout with peers. Encourage employees to go directly to the gym after work, and they’ll notice these benefits:
- Less calories consumed
- Weight loss
- Improved strength and endurance
- Enhanced bonding among employees