7 Healthy Habits to Boost Productivity in the Office

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The success of your business depends on the efforts of hardworking, talented people. But if your employees aren’t engaged, workplace productivity gets compromised. Missed deadlines, loss of revenue, and cost overruns are just a few of the cascading problems poor engagement can cause. 

Formulating a productivity strategy takes time, patience, and flexibility, but with the right approach and some helpful habits, you can achieve your business goals while improving employee morale and productivity in the workplace.

5 Barriers to Workplace Productivity

To create a productive workplace, you must first identify the underlying reasons for inefficiencies and bottlenecks. Let’s take a look at some of the most common ones.

1. Lack of Employee Engagement

According to Gallup, only 23% of the global workforce is actively engaged. Poor engagement can be a significant barrier to workplace productivity with detrimental effects on motivation, collaboration, and overall performance. 

Disengaged employees are also less likely to collaborate with their colleagues or contribute innovative ideas, leading to decreased teamwork and creativity within the organization. Lack of employee engagement also leads to rising absenteeism and turnover.

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2. Burnout

Burned out employees feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and emotionally drained, which can impact their concentration and undermine their ability to perform. Burnout also impacts physical health, contributing to symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, and headaches, further impairing employees' ability to function optimally. As a result, employees may feel compelled to take time off or leave their jobs altogether to cope with the stress and exhaustion. 

The consequences of burnout extend beyond individual employees to affect team dynamics and organizational performance, as teams with burned-out members may struggle to collaborate effectively, meet deadlines, or achieve desired outcomes. Addressing burnout is essential for preserving employee well-being, maintaining morale, and promoting sustainable productivity in the workplace.

3. Poor Communication

When communication channels are unclear or ineffective, misunderstandings can arise, leading to errors, delays, and conflicts. Important messages may be lost or misinterpreted, resulting in wasted time and effort. Poor communication can also hinder decision making, as key stakeholders lack relevant information or miss critical discussions.

4. Gaps in Training

When employees lack the necessary skills, knowledge, or resources to carry out their tasks, they may struggle to meet job requirements, leading to errors, rework, and decreased productivity. Gaps in training can cause inconsistencies in work quality and standards across the organization, impacting customer satisfaction and damaging the organization's reputation. 

Employees may feel frustrated when they perceive a lack of support or opportunities for development. Addressing gaps in training is essential for equipping employees with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their roles, fostering a culture of continuous learning and improvement.

5. Ineffective Performance Management

When performance management processes lack clarity, consistency, and transparency, employees may feel uncertain about their roles, expectations, and career progression opportunities. Failing to provide timely and constructive feedback hinders employees' ability to identify areas for improvement and develop their skills.

7 Healthy Habits to Boost Productivity

By understanding where your organization falls short, you can implement relevant habits and practices tailored to address specific challenges and promote productivity.

1. Prioritize Regular Exercise

Physical activity can have a significant impact on employee well-being. Encouraging employees to exercise not only improves their physical health but also enhances mental clarity, mood, and energy. By providing opportunities for physical activity, such as onsite fitness facilities, exercise classes, or wellness programs, you can support employees in incorporating exercise into their daily routines.

2. Optimize Nutrition for Energy and Focus

Sadly, only about a quarter of U.S. employees feel their organization prioritizes their well-being. By providing access to nutritious food options in the workplace, you can encourage employees to make healthier eating choices. Consider offering nutrition workshops or consultations with dietitians to help employees better understand the importance of balanced nutrition for energy, focus, and overall well-being. Encouraging regular meal and water breaks can also support optimal nutrition and hydration, both of which are essential for maintaining energy levels and cognitive function.


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3. Minimize Time-Wasting Activities

To reduce time-wasting activities, implement strategies that streamline processes, eliminate inefficiencies, and promote focus on high-priority tasks. Cut out unnecessary meetings, optimize communication channels to minimize interruptions, and establish clear goals and priorities to guide employees' work. You can also provide training and resources to help employees improve time management skills and prioritize tasks effectively so you can empower them to make better use of their time.

4. Help Employees Follow the 80/20 Rule

By encouraging employees to identify and prioritize the top 20% of tasks that contribute to 80% of their desired outcomes, they can allocate their time and energy more effectively. This may entail setting clear goals and expectations and empowering employees to delegate or eliminate low-value tasks.

5. Carve Out Breaks for Employees

Setting work sprints, which are typically 25- or 30-minute time intervals during which employees focus intensely on a single task without interruption, followed by short breaks, can improve productivity. Incorporating work sprints into the daily routine makes it easier for employees to manage their energy and focus. 

Setting clear objectives, minimizing distractions, and encouraging employees to prioritize tasks can ensure that breaks are used effectively.

6. Remove Distractions

Emails, phone calls, noise from colleagues, chitchat, and countless other things distract employees. Distractions not only disrupt the daily workflow but also use up valuable time and mental energy. Consider creating designated quiet areas. And when possible, offer employees the flexibility to work from home, where they may be able to focus better. There are also software solutions and management apps that can help employees manage their time and tasks more efficiently.

7. Offer a Wellness Program

A comprehensive wellness program can improve your employees’ overall well-being, including their physical, emotional, and mental health. Some include initiatives such as: 

  • Providing access to fitness facilities or wellness classes
  • Offering mental health resources and counseling services
  • Promoting work-life balance through flexible work arrangements or time-off incentives
  • Fostering a culture of health and well-being through education and awareness

By investing in employee wellness, you can create a positive work environment where employees feel valued, supported, and motivated to perform their best, ultimately contributing to the overall success of your organization.

Cultivating a More Productive Workplace With CoreHealth

By implementing these healthy habits, you can set the stage for greater productivity and create an environment where employees feel supported, engaged, and empowered to perform at their best. A healthy workforce will help you achieve your business goals and improve your bottom line.

At CoreHealth, we can guide you on how to incorporate our wellness programs into your workplace so you can start encouraging your employees to be more productive. You can even customize wellness programs to include challenges for nutrition, mental health, financial wellness, physical activity, and more. 

To learn more, speak to one of our technology experts today!

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