Employee motivation and energy levels is a large factor in their productivity and therefore the success of our business. Below are some tips that you can start implementing in your office today to help you energize employees. Coffee isn’t the only thing that will get them going.
In today’s fast-paced multi-task world, employees’ attention spans are getting smaller and smaller. Scientists believe that people can only focus on a single task for anywhere between 90 and 120 minutes before their productivity levels plummet. To keep the energy and motivation of your employees at a high level, encourage them to take several 20 to 30-minute breaks throughout the workday. These breaks could include anything from taking a walk outside to just getting away from their desk and moving around.
Respect the End of the Work Day
Employees, especially new or young employees, often feel the need to do a lot of work and impress their bosses. To do this, they often find themselves staying way past the five o’clock end of the workday. Companies should energize employees by encouraging them to end the day at a reasonable time instead of staying in the office replying to emails until nine o’clock at night. Employees are happier and more productive when they have the free time to spend with their friends and families, and pursue other passions.
Prepare for Time Off
Many employees complain that taking a vacation or time off actually ends up stressing them out more, when it’s meant to help them relax and unwind. This is because they are constantly having to worry about preparing for their vacation, getting a lot of work done ahead of time, and still be greeted when they return with mountains of work. You can help energize employees who are taking time off by implementing an office management software. These softwares are able to notify co-workers that an employee is going on vacation, and delegate work to other staff while the employee is gone. This way when your employees return from vacation they will be refreshed and ready to go.
Leave Room for Growth
Employees often lose their newbie glow and become less excited when they think that they’re stuck in a dead-end job. Monotony and a stall in the level of growth can lead to depressed employees who produce lower quality work. To boost the morale of your employees and keep them excited about their positions, offer them incentives and goals to reach. Things like fun competitions with prizes at the end can spice things up. Offering opportunities for your employees to learn new skills and trades can keep their interest. And always leaving room for promotions and growth in a company will energize employees to stay motivated.
For more tips on energizing employees’ focus and productivity, check out our blog post Concentration Can Be Hard Work – How to Find Focus in the Office.