Source | LinkedIn | John Hall | Co-founder at Calendar.com and Keynote Speaker
Globally, the three main internal concerns for CEOs are attracting, retaining, and developing the next generation of leaders. While those concerns are valid, they’re almost impossible to address when employees aren’t productive. Employees are interrupted 56 times per day. It takes them two hours to recover. That means they spend 60% of their time—or less—being productive.
When your team members aren’t productive, they aren’t meeting deadlines, learning, or growing. They may also feel less engaged and unfilled. Disengaged employees’ productivity will dwindle to nothing, or they’ll leave—taking their expertise with them. Eventually, that will have a huge impact on your bottom line.
Luckily, there are ways to boost the productivity of your entire office.
1. Improve the physical workplace.
Studies have found that an employee’s physical environment has the greatest influence on his ability to focus. That shouldn’t come as a surprise; I don’t think anyone could be productive in a noisy, uncomfortable, and uninspired work environment. What is surprising is that many leaders aren’t investing in improving the physical workplace that hosts their team’s work.
Maybe this is because they don’t have the budget. Perhaps they’re stuck in their old ways and refuse to change. Whatever the reason, it’s easy to revamp your workplace and see a swift change. Studies show, for example, that office plants can reduce anxiety, anger, depression, and fatigue.
Repainting your office is another option. Color can affect behavior, including productivity. What exact color would make your team more productive? Well, that depends on the type of work you do. If you need to be mentally stimulated, blue is a popular choice. Yellow is ideal for creatives, while green creates balance. Red can stimulate you physically.