3 Culprits for Low Productivity in the Office (and How to Turn It Around!)

TIt is unfortunate that businesses and start-ups can suffer from culprits that lead to low productivity in the office.  Or if you are a freelancer, you may be struggling with things related to low productivity more than you desire.

So here we discuss those issue to help you become aware of them. Sometimes, we can get so preoccupied in our daily hustle that we forget to address the critical issue: how to increase our productivity. So, what are the three common culprits of low productivity at work, and how can we turn it around? Read on.1

  1. Not being ready

You may not notice this, but your readiness to tackle the day directly affects your productivity level. As easy as it is to give advice: be ready; we know it’s not that easy. So what you need to do is take an inventory of what you need to up your ready-game. It could be having the right equipment, getting more rest so you are up earlier to start your day, keeping better track of your deadlines on your calendar, etc. Then you need to fix each category one by one. If it’s the discipline to stick to the schedule you’re lacking, make it a point to show up and do your best. Studies show it takes three weeks to form a habit. After that period, you won’t even have to force yourself anymore. When you’re properly prepped, you’ll be ready. Readiness brings a heap of difference in your productivity level.2

  1. Not being equipped

Not being equipped will always slow down productivity for you and other employees. This is because the work and projects cannot be done properly or on time when people are not adequately equipped. This means that to increase productivity, you must tackle your equipment issue. This could mean getting more staff, using cloud based solutions – for example, a Google Apps partner, or getting more training and certification to perform your tasks well. When you  address the problem, you are on your way to implementing overall better productivity.3

  1. Not keeping up with repairs

If things don’t work as they should at work, they can directly or indirectly affect the level of productivity. As an example, a jammed desk drawer that takes two minutes to open will waste a lot of time in the long run. If something so simple as the coffee pot is broken, imagine the consequence for the level of energy and motivation among the employees at work. And we haven’t even talked about larger and more important equipment, such as the copy machine. It is not fair to expect someone to do their job on time, while not providing them with good working equipment necessary to accomplish their tasks.

Now that you have seen that productivity can be slowed down by things that you may not have noticed before, you will surely understand the importance of being more mindful of the things that produce low productivity in the workplace. When you make the changes needed for better productivity about yourself and your employees, you will reap the benefits and will be glad you made the changes.