Productivity in the workplace is a popular discussion amongst many businesses seeking to improve efficiency while keeping costs low. It is also a key business topic in the chancellor’s recent budget. This spurred OfficeGenie to uncover what really motivates employees to be productive in the office. They ran a survey of around 1,000 office employees to get to the heart of the issue and found that, unsurprisingly, the top motivators were financial.
However, there were some other key drivers for productivity, including workplace design. This article discusses their findings and aims to shed light on how a workplace consultancy can raise productivity in your office without the impact on your budget.
OfficeGenie invited 1,008 office workers to pick their top three motivators for productivity. The top two results in the survey confirms the old adage that money talks. Almost half (49%) of the employees said that a pay rise would motivate them, while over a third (36%) of the respondents were driven by a financial bonus. When combined, this makes for a staggering number of workers seeking higher pay in order to work productively, a result which may leave many SMEs with tight budgets in despair.
However, it isn’t all bad news. The survey also revealed other areas where a boost to productivity could be achieved at very little to no cost for companies. A few simple adjustments to health and wellbeing policies, flexible working and office interior design can save many businesses money that would otherwise be spent continuously buying productivity.
Cost-Free Productivity Boosts
After financial rewards, the next three responses will cost businesses nothing to implement. Almost a quarter (22%) of respondents cited the ability to choose their own hours as a key motivator to productivity. Flexible working hours gives employees the ability to choose their work times based on the hours they’re most productive, so they can avoid that post-lunch slump and organise their working day around other commitments such as family or simply avoiding the rush-hour commute. All of which leads to a better work/life balance, which is increasingly becoming a necessity for many workers.
Meanwhile, a fifth of respondents (20%) said a good night’s sleep helped to kick-start their productivity, and the same number (20%) said praise from their boss was another solid motivator. While bosses don’t have the power to dictate their employees’ sleeping habits, communicating this message to staff in office guidelines on health and wellbeing is a great place to start. And all office managers should recognise the importance of communicating good work as an excellent morale boost in the office, although this response was far more popular amongst the younger workforce, than with employees aged 55 and over.
Workplace design featured on the list of responses with one in seven respondents (14%) citing a preference for a quiet working environment in order to be at their most productive. This is an interesting point to note in an era of open-plan offices where collaborative working is a buzzword, and it strengthens the argument that most people need some quiet time every day in order to focus. In contrast, a minute 2% voted for a loud, buzzing working environment.
The need for some quiet time may be behind another popular response, with over a tenth (12%) of office employees stating the choice of where to work – at home, or in a coffee shop or coworking space – would boost their productivity. Achieving a workplace that meets the requirements of many is no easy task. Adopting agile working can see that the different needs of staff are met and that your office design is future proof, saving on costs in the long run. An agile workplace strategy will be able to cater to different activities carried out on a daily basis and provide varying environments where activities can be performed to maximum efficiency, thus improving productivity for a business.
The Benefits of Workplace Consultancy
An inefficient workforce is bad news for businesses. If staff are unmotivated and unhappy in their work, their productivity rate drops which directly impacts a business’s bottom line. And it doesn’t stop there. It’s not simply the output of work that decreases, but the quality of work too. Which could lead to contracts being lost and morale hitting rock bottom.
However, the results of this survey provide food for thought for office bosses. Where possible, financial rewards will go a long way to inspiring your workforce, but there are plenty of other ways to motivate your staff. Encouraging improvements in their general health and wellbeing, allowing flexible working hours and location, and giving plenty of praise all rank highly.
The impact of a workplace consultancy cannot be underestimated. The interior design and fit-out of your office directly impacts the efficiency and productivity of your employees, and could lead to efficiencies of space and lower running costs too.
Workplace consultancies are typically carried out by in-house architects and designers, who immerse themselves in your office environment and take the time to understand the needs of your particular office and your staff. They work towards producing an inspirational office design, which can incorporate modern ideals of open-plan offices and collaborative working with some quiet areas for those who really need to focus.