Avoid These 3 Workplace Pitfalls That Can Hurt Productivity

Maintaining productivity within the workplace is often difficult. Between fostering creativity in the marketing department, optimizing efficient workspace in your support and operations areas as well as streamlining sales workflows, ensuring each department is set up to maximize performance can help keep your departments aligned with one another in order to achieve forecasted goals.

To do this, you can set up easy to follow protocols to help eliminate common workplace distractions. Below are a few of the most common workplace productivity barriers and suggestions on how to work around them:

  • Unscheduled meetings

Avoid this common workplace pitfall by pre-scheduling meetings 2 weeks to a month in advance (when possible). This can help create a routine for your employees and give them the flexibility to work on their projects ahead of time.

  • Noisy Colleagues

Noise is often one of the biggest distractions. Unfortunately, cubicles don’t help create the necessary sound barrier your support, training or creative departments may require. Setting up your business environment to optimize space and separate the noisier departments from the quieter ones can assist with this distraction. Whether that means placing your sales and support team in a closed off area or in a separate wing altogether may depend on your budget limitations. Regardless, the larger your company gets, the more importance you want to place on this.

  • Frequent Phone Calls

Frequent phone calls throughout the workday and workweek can be disruptive to your employee’s productivity and workflow processes. Implementing a scheduled call policy to discuss projects or tasks may be a way to reduce them from occurring. If your employee’s role requires them to be on call, especially if they’re in a support or training role, perhaps you can allot 1-2 hours per day where each employee is allowed to place their phones on “do not disturb” so they can catch up on their administrative duties and/or tasks.

Another good way to ensure your employees’ productivity levels are equivalent to the hours they’re scheduled for is to keep track of them based on the amount of time they spend on each task or project. A comprehensive time and attendance solution can help you control, monitor and regulate your workplace productivity levels more effectively.

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