Changing office culture can boost productivity

Changing office culture can boost productivity

A lack of workplace productivity has been attributed to bad culture in a business, with management styles and unclear policies having a major effect on output.

Nearly 29 per cent of company time is unproductive, according to ProudFood Consulting, something that can cost companies around £400 billion each year.

On top of financial implications, if employees do not feel motivated to work it could result in a long list of barriers to a company's success, including increased levels of stress, unmet deadlines, dissatisfaction among employees and poor long-term sales performance.

So how can companies ensure their office culture inspires motivation and productivity in order to get the most out of their employees?

It has been observed by Dynamic Business that barriers to productivity in a company include inefficient management, unclear workplace guidelines and poor leadership.

Management structure, therefore, is a key factor in determining the culture of a workplace – leaders are encouraged to be firm but fair, while at the same time inspiring motivation. In addition, having a clear set of company guidelines can help staff members to feel secure in their job.

If a range of measures, such as flexible working, annual bonus schemes and better holiday packages, are introduced, companies will also benefit from a happier workforce.

Embracing flexible working practices could be a great move for many employers, as allowing staff to take greater control of their work-life balance can result in higher morale and lead to better productivity.

Whether this is working from home, a cafe or wherever employees need to be, flexible working is easier than ever now that there are a number of technologies that can keep people in contact at the touch of a button.

Take audio and video conferencing facilities, for example. This type of technology can allow people to communicate from various locations without having to come together in an office environment. As well as being cost-effective and good for productivity, it can also help companies to lower their carbon footprint as it eliminates lengthy commutes to and from the office.