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Productivity in the workplace is as important as ever. Employers want workers who get their work done accurately in a timely manner. In fact, most companies cannot afford to employ someone who takes too long to complete their tasks. Related: How To Stay Focused In A Distracting Workplace How can you appear fabulously productive in the eyes of your employer? Here are a few ways:


1. Provide Status Reports

Some supervisors are not completely aware of what you’re working on day-to-day. Check in regularly with your boss to discuss your assignments. This is also a great chance to ask any lingering questions you may have about specific assignments or projects.

2. Volunteer To Help With Additional Tasks

If you find yourself having some time to spare during your workday, ask your supervisor if there’s anything else you can do to help out the department. Perhaps another employee is on vacation and you could take over one of their assignments while they’re away. Or maybe a project is overdue and the team members could use your expertise to finish it up.

3. Look Like You’re Working

It may sound obvious… but it’s vital you actually look productive for your employer to think you’re being productive. This means resisting the temptation to sit on the phone with a friend, check your Facebook or blast your music while at work. Save those things for your free time at home, and show your employer that you’re working hard to help the company succeed during work hours.

4. Be Present

During meetings and at the office, actively listen and take notes about future assignments and new clients. It’s easy to check out when a meeting lasts longer than an hour, but it can ultimately hurt your performance to daze off and think about other things. By actively listening, you’ll also be able to ask good questions during the meeting to ensure you completely understand your assignments. This will undoubtedly keep you being productive in the future. How do you make sure your employer sees you as a productive employee?

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Everyone needs to feel their voice is heard and their contributions are important. Something as simple as sharing a drink the last hour of the day on a Friday with the team to recap wins and give praise can build camaraderie within the team.


All of the above are fairly simple to implement but can make a huge difference in morale and motivation. Have any of these tips worked well for young the past? Do you have other tips to motivate your creative team? If so, please share them with me!

Encourage curiosity. Spark debate. Stimulate creativity and your team will be better at handling challenges with flexibility and resourcefulness. Create a safe space for ideas, all ideas, to be heard. In ideation, we need the weird and off-the-wall ideas to spur us on to push through to the great ideas.

Sure, there are a ton of studies done on this, but here is my very unscientific personal take. When team members can make decisions about how they work on projects, they are more engaged and connected to the project outcome. When they see how potentially dropping the ball would affect the entire team, they step up. When they feel like what they are doing is impactful and valued, they are naturally motivated to learn more, and be even better team members.

Rarely does a one-size-fits-all style work when it comes to team motivation. I have found that aligning employee goals with organization goals works well. Taking time to get to know everyone on your team is invaluable. What parts of their job do they love? What do they not enjoy? What skills do they want to learn? Even going so far as to where they see themselves in five years career-wise. These questions help you right-fit projects, and help your team see you are committed to creating a career path for them within the company.

Most designers I know love a good challenge. We are problem solvers by nature. Consistently give yourself and your team small challenges, both design-related and not. It will promote openness within the team to collaborate, and it will help generate ideas faster in the long run. Whether the challenge is to find a more exciting way to present an idea to stakeholders or fitting a new tool into the budget, make it a challenge just to shake things up.

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