It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the holiday spirit is taking over the office. Either you want it or not, sooner or later that’s going to be the only thing you’ll be thinking about. Therefore, here are three simple ways to bring the Christmas cheer in the office, and still be able to get things done.
Let me start with the well-known truth:
Employees who are motivated, are also happy, more productive and more successful than their unmotivated colleagues.
Motivation is the willingness to do something, so the relationship between motivation and productivity is clear and direct. In the meantime, when it comes to motivating the team, it seems that employers do something very wrong – the stats show that as much as 70% of workers feel unmotivated and disengaged at work.
Employers should seriously think of ways to keep the spirit up in the office, and one way companies do it, is by hanging motivational posters all around the workspace.
According to DeskTime, social media, and especially Facebook, is on the top of the most-used unproductive apps in 2014. Together, time spent on social networks accounts for about half of all of the unproductive time spent at work.
Salary.com did a survey to find out what employees themselves consider their top time wasters at work, and 14% named social media, which ranked them the socond, right after the news. It’s been calculated that allowing social networks at work, company loses up to $ 28 billion on productivity-loss per year.
Conflicts at workplaces are inevitable, and even necessary for progress. However, if handled poorly, it can lead to significant productivity loss, a recent study shows.
A study in New Zealand found that 24% of employees surveyed have had at least one disagreement or argument at work that distracted or prevented them from doing their job. Because of conflicts employees become less focused on their jobs, they make more mistakes and tend to miss deadlines. Other consequences include loss of motivation and self confidence.
”Lunch time? I’ll just grab a sandwich and eat quickly at the desk, not to waste the precious time than can be spent on answering emails or finishing the project whose deadline is approaching inexorably…’’
Okay, now stop right there. Because if that’s your kind of lunch break, you’re doing it wrong.
We already wrote about breaking at work and why it’s important for your productivity. And just like any other break you’re taking at work, your lunch break is the time you can spend to relax and recharge. It boosts energy, improves concentration, and lets you become more effective when you get back to work.
The most common thing employees all around the world have, is the fact that they hate Mondays. No joke there, according to the statistics, nearly 80% of people don’t want to go to work on Monday.
So, we asked our Weekdone users and did some research to figure out what’s so difficult about the start of the week. Turns out, people hate Mondays because:
- They have too many things to do.
- There is not enough time to finish all of it.
Therefore, we tend to procrastinate. We enter the office in the morning and find huge workloads, have not enough time or idea where to start. Keeping this in mind, no wonder we hate Mondays. But whether you like it or not, Mondays are here to stay, so you need to adjust. The best way to cope with it is to stop worrying about the work and start taking maximum out of the work hours. How?
That moment when you realize that the working day is almost over and you still haven’t done anything… It’s frustrating, we agree. And this is when that scary ‘’big brother’’ feeling may come up.
You know, the one which makes you think that your boss will come at your desk in a minute, and ask why did you spend 45 minutes on non-productive apps today. Facebook and Youtube, specifically.
If your company is using DeskTime, then you should know that it highlights only extreme cases. So, only if you are spending hours on non-productive apps regularly, or come to work late every day, it will be noticed. Still feeling uncomfortable with the time-tracking software on your desktop? We summarized a few tips that will hopefully help you to deal with that anxious feeling.