If you’re worried that your employees aren’t being as productive as they should be, below are some great ways to boost motivation and improve productivity.

Research published by totaljobsearlier this year revealed that UK workers waste nearly an hour and a half of every working day being unproductive. This is costing British businesses on average, £4,467 per employee every year. This equates to an annual cost of an eye-watering £22 billion.

If you’re worried that your employees aren’t being as productive as they should be, below are some great ways to boost motivation and improve productivity. 

Provide a comfortable work station

If someone finds their workstation uncomfortable, this can have a huge impact on productivity. Good ergonomics and a healthy office environment makes employees happier and less distracted so make sure there are proper procedures in place to ensure that everyone’s desk is set up correctly.

Last month we shared some helpful advice about ergonomicsand detailed how your employees’ chair, keyboard and monitor should be set up in order to guarantee maximum comfort. 

Encourage further education and training

According to Gallup.com,a mere 13% of employees worldwide are engaged which means that employers need to do more to keep their staff interested. 

A great way to do this is by offering further education and training so that employees can progress with their career and work on both their personal and professional development. The statisticsbelow highlight the importance of offering this as a workplace benefit:

  • 75% of employees are looking for career growth opportunities 
  • 87% of Millennials say that professional development and career growth are very important to them
  • 40% of employees with poor training leave their jobs within the first year
  • 74% of employees feel they’re not reaching their full potential 
  • 72% of employees would even contribute financially toward their own training 
  • 68% of workers say that training and development is the most important company policy 
  • Companies that invest in employee training enjoy 24% higher profit margins compared to those who don’t 

Ask for feedback

Even if an employee is desperately unhappy, chances are they won’t say anything. In fact, managers often don’t know that a member of their team is struggling until they hand in their notice. 

To prevent this situation arising, ask employees for their feedback on a regular basis, even if it’s done anonymously. As well as making staff feel valued, this ensures that issues are dealt with before they turn into a big problem.

Promote a healthy work-life balance

Establishing a good balance between work and home prevents employee burnout and the mental and physical consequences that come with this. There are a number of ways you can encourage staff to maintain a healthy work/life balance including:

  • Don’t make people feel they have to reply to work emails outside office hours
  • If you notice the same people are regularly doing overtime, find out why. If it’s because they’re struggling with their workload, find ways to reduce this. They may also be struggling with issues at home and are therefore trying to stay in the office for as long as possible
  • Encourage staff to take their allocated holiday allowance
  • If team members have a particularly long commute into the office, consider remote working once or twice a week
  • Introduce flexi-hours so those with children can juggle family and work commitments

Encourage staff to be healthy

A healthy lifestyle helps us to feel more confident, stay motivated and keeps illness at bay which means fewer sick days. There are a number of ways you can encourage your employees to be healthy such as offering discounted gym memberships, ensuring the canteen always has healthy food options and even starting up your very own company teams for activities such as football and endurance events.

If you need help with any of your recruitment needs, get in touch with Alpha and we will be more than happy to help.