HubRunner Picks: Increase Productivity in the Office
Whether running a multi-million dollar corporation out of New York City or establishing a small start up based in the heart of Texas, the main thread that ties the two together is their level of productivity in the workplace. Without quality productivity, businesses can not grow to be successful nor can they maintain the high standard of work-flow and output needed to sustain growth.
According to the US Bureau of Labour Statistics, in 2014 work hours increased by 5.1% but productivity decreased by 1.8%, proving that working “smarter” not “harder” is the basic, true secret to successful.
Take a look at some of our resources on how to increase productivity in the office.
The Washington Post – The Most Ideal Time to DO (and NOT DO) Things at Work
Jena McGregor, an analyst for The Washington Posts “OnLeadership” section, broke the workday down into the best, researched based, hours for productivity on specific tasks and goals, including our mental and emotional state at the particular hours of the day. FYI, the “morning morality effect”, a study funded by Harvard and the University of Utah, found that we have a limited amount of regulatory resources (replenished by sleeping and eating) available to us at one time. Here’s a glimpse into a productive work day schedule:
- 6-8am: Send emails
- 8am: Make decisions about ethical dilemmas
- 9am: Avoid scheduling meetings
- 1-2pm: Don’t make cold calls (especially on Fridays)
- 2:30 or 3pm: Schedule meetings (if its Tuesday)
- 4pm: Do tasks that don’t involve sending emails
- 4-6pm: Avoid sitting for an interview
- 6pm-late: Do creative work, if you’re a morning person
Entrepreneur Success Strategies – 8 Business Practices That Increase Productivity
As the margin for error becomes less and less for small start-ups, being productive is the necessity for survival. As a product of our day and age, distracting social media sites and Google searches are only a click, button or like away from disrupting on entire, successful work day. Many young and successful company’s are beginning to implement strategies to combat these negative, unproductive habits, which is not only ideal but essential.
1) Focus on creating value at work
2) Beware the afternoon doldrums
3) Say “no” to distractions
4) Live a healthy lifestyle
5) Start your day the night before
6) Cap your business meeting at just 15 minutes
7) Don’t be so reactive
8) Don’t forget your employees
Entrepreneur – 21 Apps to Boost Productivity, Accountability and Success
We use Apps on our for just about anything: communication, creativity, keeping up with the latest and hottest trends around the world…why not use them to run a productive, and therefore, successful business. We’ve chosen a few of our favorites, thanks to Sujan Patel, VP of Marketing at When I Work, to share with leaders and business owners in order to not only inspire employees to be productive but have fun and track their progress along the way:
- Asana – a personal favorite for the HubRunner team
Overall, these are just a few ways entrepreneurs and business owners can keep track of work place progress and how employees monitor their productively and personal growth. Time might mean money, but effective time means even more money!