Employers always want to get the most out of its workforce. The common sense method of optimising employees would be to trim lunch hours, expand hours, and enforce fines for anything that detracts from work. But, to implement these policies would be to welcome in a workplace environment full of fear and rebellion, not productivity. It may seem counterintuitive, but some of the best proven ways to encourage a productive place of work is to award employees more luxuries instead of fewer.
A Creative Incentive
Google was one of the first companies to allot time for employees to work on their own projects for the company. 20% of time spent at work was given to employees in order for them to work on any project of their choice. This autonomy led to innovations like Gmail and AdSense. Google has recently rescinded its 20% autonomy policy but other major companies like LinkedIn, Apple, and Microsoft have all taken note and have created policies similar to Google’s seminal 20% rule. As studies have shown, for creative tasks such as those taken on by tech companies, conferring employees with creative time rather than financial incentives is more effective at galvanizing the workforce.
Ditch the Proverbial 9-5
The early 20th century set the standard hours for the typical work day. But with the new century here and already broken in a bit it may be time to revaluate workhours. By working a 10-5 schedule workers are given the opportunity to sleep in just that little bit more. It’s well known that the first hour of work is typically spent making small chat as the whole office queues up for coffee. Facebook, email, Twitter, and Facebook must be check once or twice before anyone really commences with their workload. Giving employees an extra hour to sleep will create an energised workforce that is no longer fatigued when they come to work. Implementing these new hours will also ameliorate the rapport between upper management and employees. Workers will be more thankful for their position, have warmer feelings for their job and in effect will work harder for their employers.
Working Without Socks
Most companies have already integrated online management software into the workplace. This novel technology has the ability to turn your tangible place of work into a virtual one. Having all the capabilities that an office provides with the added benefits of lucid organization, consolidation, and rapidity, the conventional workplace is rendered obsolete. If office is no longer essential to business operations employees can now work remotely. If you desire an office place can be done away with altogether, or employees can be given remote days as rewards for quality work performance.