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How to Introduce a Dose of Pep

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Everyone wants to increase productivity, from students to employees to managers. This infographic includes some data and suggestions for how to increase productivity at work and school.

The image comes our way courtesy of OnlineDegrees.com. Much of the information is current and immediately useful. Take a look:

productivity growth infographic

There’s plenty of quality information in this infographic, so let’s break some of it down into practical terms.

Many of the things mentioned here have already been written about for our blog. It’s common sense that if a worker is tired, they’ll be lacking in productivity and unable to work as efficiently as possible. Not only can efficiency suffer, but the quality of work can take a major hit as well. That’s why it’s important to ensure that all employees are functioning at their best as often as possible. As the end of the infographic says, all the lost time due to a lack of productivity costs companies over $136 billion annually.

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ExerciseExercise has been said to improve overall quality of life for a long time, but is it really worth sacrificing that extra hour of sleeping in the morning in order to go for a run? Definitely! The Mayo Clinic detailed some of the actual health benefits of exercise and broke down just how it can impact your energy.

Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.

Sure, for the first few days you may be more worn out as your body adapts to your new lifestyle, but with regular exercise, you’ll be more productive in no time.

Trust: Trust is a topic we’ve tackled over and over again on this blog. It’s essential to trust your employees for them to feel like valued members of the organization. Say there’s a snow day. Everyone should be trusted to get their work done, regardless of whether they’re in the office or at home. If you feel like you can’t trust your employees, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your hiring procedures and the talent already in place at your organization. There’s no denying that trusted workers are productive workers.

Sleep: It’s essential to get enough sleep every night, but sometimes that just isn’t possible. Kids have to be put to bed and woken up in the morning. That cup of coffee you had after dinner wasn’t decaf after all. The neighbor’s car alarm is serenading all the surrounding houses until 2:00 a.m. Regardless of the reason, sleep often eludes us at home. Instead of struggling to stay awake at work, a simple nap could do the trick to get you back on track. A Yahoo article detailed the rise of napping in the workplace.

With Americans averaging fewer than seven hours of sleep per night—and around 20 percent suffering from sleepiness during the day, according to a recent Stanford University study—many companies have turned to the humble nap in an attempt to stave off billions in lost productivity each year. Following the rise of workplace perks like lactation rooms, gyms, and child-care facilities, Nike workers now have access to nap-friendly “quiet rooms” that can also be used for meditation. Google, a forerunner in employee perks, has a number of futuristic napping pods scattered throughout its Mountain View (Calif.) campus.

Regardless of the way you approach increased productivity, the right steps could be the difference between days wasted at work and days where you’re thriving at work. For more information on how to bring these policies to your business, contact the AccelaWork consultants today.

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