How do you boost productivity & performance in the workplace? Online, you can find many ideas & ‘tricks of the trade’, that will get yourself & your colleagues working to the best of their potential, but how many of these actually work?
No-one knows for sure and of course every person if different. But here’s something for you, Scientists have done many a study on what the optimal work environment, workflow & break structure is, to give you some of the best ideas, GetVoIP have given the following ideas, split into three different categories.
Create a Hospitable Environment
Avoid White Walls
Researchers of the University of Texas found that people made the most errors when working in white rooms.
Turn off the AC
A study by Cornell University found that people completed their work faster & more accurately in a 77°F office compared to a 68°F office.
Get Natural Light
Researchers from Northwestern University found that employers who worked in offices with windows were exposed to 173% more white light, slept an average of 44 more minutes per night & had higher sleep quality.
Keep Office Noise to a Minimum
A study by Cornell University found that workers exposed to low levels of office noise had higher levels of epinephrine, meaning they were more stressed than workers exposed to no noise.
Work at a Standing Desk
Researchers at Texas A&M found that employees who used standing desks were 46% more productive than people who used normal desks.
Add Plants to Your Space
A study from the University of Queensland found that the presence of plants increased worker productivity up to 15%
Work from Home
A study by Nicholas Bloom of Stanford found that call centre workers made 13.5% more calls per week when working at home versus in the office.
Optimize your Workflow
Listen to nature sounds
Researchers of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute found that nature sounds increased worker’s ability to concentrate & their overall satisfaction.
Complete difficult tasks first
Researchers at Stanford University found that people’s willpower decreased as the day went on and their energy dropped.
Check your email less
A study in the International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction found that constant monitoring of email reduces productivity.
Researchers at Stanford found that people who regularly multitask have difficulty filtering out irrelevant information & struggle with their working memory.
Play music during repetitive tasks
A study from the University of Birmingham found that listening to music while performing repetitive tasks increases efficiency.
Jackie Andrade, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Plymouth, found that people who doodled whilst listening to a message recalled 29% more.
Take Strategic Breaks
Look at Cute Pictures
A study conducted by Hiroshima University found that after participants looked at pictures of cute animals, their performance in concentration tasks increased by 44%
Take a Walk
A study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology found that walking increases creative ideation in real time & shortly after.
Take an Afternoon Nap
researchers at UC Berkley found that people who napped in the afternoon has a greater capacity for learning later in the day because sleep cleared their short-term memory.
Talk to your Colleagues
Researches from MIT found that workers who too breaks together did their work faster and felt less stressed, in part because they could informally talk out their problems.
Browse the Web
A study at the National University of Singapore found that those who browsed the web for a short break were more productive than those who did other activities or took no break at all.
Researchers at the University of Washington found that workers who meditated for two hours a week were less stressed, more focused and remembered more.