Do you ever notice yourself goofing-off at work? Need to find a way to be more productive? While many consider themselves efficient workers, an infographic from Ridiculously Efficient shows that Americans waste an average of 1.7 hours per work day. And with that lost time, employers end up paying hundreds of billions of dollars per year for lost time. Missouri ranks as the top state in hours wasted during work with 3.2 hours a day or 28.1 billion dollars in wasted salaries. Help your company keep employees focused by following these simple tips:
Control Your Atmosphere
Most people can’t focus in a noisy work space. If the noise is unavoidable, offering noise-blocking headphones can be a simple fix. If you work in a busy workplace or on a team where many people come to your office frequently, then plan out a certain time of the day where people can come in and ask questions. Also, blocking certain websites can ensure that workers stay on the track during the day. Fantasy football and March Madness are accountable for nearly 9.1 billion dollars wasted in salaries. Blocking certain popular, yet unproductive sites will prevent your employees from getting side-tracked.
There’s Always Something To Do
One in three workers say they slack is because they have nothing to do. If you find yourself with this sort of problem, ask another co-worker or your employer if they could use your help with any projects or assignments.
Recognize, Revitalize, and Reward
A great way to keep your employees focused and inspired is to offer incentives and rewards. You can offer anything from gift certificates to T-shirts to paid time off. It’s also important for employees to feel rewarded and be recognized in the workplace. They don’t need a plaque every time they accomplish a big goal, but a simple round of applause will make the employee feel like an important part of the team.
Leave Personal Wants and Needs Outside of Work
23.4 percent of employees socialize instead of work and 6.8 percent handle their own personal business during office hours. Unless it’s an emergency, shopping the new Macy’s Catalog or managing your fantasy sports team can wait until you get home. If it’s something that’s been on your mind since you came into work, then take care of it during your lunch break.