HR professionals across Australia are seeking new and innovative solutions for boosting workplace productivity. In this third instalment of our ‘Productivity Hacks’ series, here are some interesting examples to consider…
Drink more water, and eat healthy snacks
The benefits of drinking plenty of water and eating well are well documented. The latest research from HERO, BYU and Healthways Centre for Health Research shows workers who ate healthy meals and exercised regularly had better job performance and lower absenteeism.
Bring a pet
Employees in dog-friendly workplaces are less stressed than employees with dogs staying at home, studies show. A calm, rational mindset has a positive impact on productivity and workplace satisfaction. The study also found that pets triggered workplace interactions that would not normally take place, indicating greater cohesion.
Use a timer
In a SMH piece, entrepreneur and author Eve John recommended using a buzzer to break the day into 25-minute gung-ho work time slots, followed by intervals of 5 minute breaks.
Invest in planning
In the same SMH piece, CEO Geoff Nix recommends spending ten minutes in the morning answering questions like: What tasks need to get done? How long will they take? What time will you start and finish?
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For other hints and tips on boosting productivity, including waking up early, breaks, examining hardware and software, goal setting, and boosting flexible work, please check out our previous posts on the topic – Part 1 and Part 2.