Keep temperatures moderate

Temperatures from 68 F to 77 F seem to improve productivity.

Try chatting with your staff to get an idea of what makes them comfortable since factors like windows and vent placement also play a role.

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Introduce some greenery

One study found that workers in spaces with plants showed a 15 % higher productivity compared to those in plainer surroundings. 

Live plants also promote healthier indoor air, which research has shown has some effect on cognitive functioning in the workplace.

Creating motivation and making your team feel appreciated is a critical part of long-term productivity.

Encourage your team to keep gratitude journals - writing down a couple of sentences about what you are currently grateful for a couple of times a week. This practice improves productivity by increasing happiness.

If people can't focus on their work, they are less effective in areas like collaboration and learning, and they are less likely to be satisfied with their jobs.

Workplaces with a balance between individual focus and collaboration are more innovative, creative and encouraging.

Let the sunshine in
  • Switch to softer, more-natural-toned bulbs instead of halogens.
  • LED lighting also may be more ideal for alertness and performance compared to fluorescent bulbs.
  • Lensed-uplit conditions are preferable to the more common overhead downlighting, resulting in less eye strain and higher productivity. 
  • Taking breaks outdoors when possible also provides sunshine boosts during the day.

Short breaks result in greater productivity and accuracy, especially with repetitive work. 

For computer-based employees, frequent rest breaks also help reduce eye strain and physical discomfort

  • The most productive people work "with a purpose" for an average of 52 minutes straight followed by 17-minute breaks. 
  • Another method is the Pomodoro Technique, which involves focusing for 25 minutes followed by a five-minute break. Longer breaks are included after several cycles,
  • During your breaks, try listening to music, stretch, socialize or take a power nap. 

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An Office With No Plants

Employees at offices with plants report higher levels of concentration.

If you notice your workspace environment is less than ideal, speak up about it to your manager or human resources.

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Classical Music

Listening to classical music can help people perform tasks more efficiently. 

The absence of words in the music may be one factor, as songs that contain lyrics have been found to be a distraction when you’re trying to focus. And classical music is known for being calming, relaxing and helping reduce stress.

  • According to studies, 91 percent of employees that took part in the research, believed that Work From Home (WFH/Telecommuting) is more productive.
  • 41 percent liked the choice about the place and time of working.
  • Imposed WFH had a portion of employees feel less happy or valued at work.
  • WFH employees with shorter working hours spread on all seven working days were the happiest, as compared to others with typical or unusual working hours.
  • The study highlighted how flexibility is important as many employees have different preferences and home environments.

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