5 Surprising ways to boost your work productivity

Posted on June 5, 2013 · Posted in Managing Performance, Productivity, The Happy Workplace, Time Management

Bruno Galera suggests 5 interesting ways to boost your work productivity. Are you taking full advantage of technology to make your work more productive? Here are five easy ways you can improve your work productivity that may surprise you.

1. Work from home


There are litanies of recent studies that have proved that workers are not only happier if they have the option to work from home, they’re also more productive. Yes, that’s right, more productive–not less. A recent study conducted by Brown University revealed that remote workers actually increased their productivity by 12% when offered the opportunity to work from home.

Because workers spent less time commuting and less time socializing, they were able to not only get more work done, but also expressed higher levels of job satisfaction than their in-office counterparts. Some CEOs won’t allow employees to work from home because they are afraid that it will cause workers to become lazy or undisciplined and are concerned that working from home will interfere with perceived valuable spontaneous “water-cooler” conversations.

The truth is, if employees already have these tendencies, working in an office is not going to help. People who work from home are characteristically more naturally motivated, organized, and disciplined. And, by the way, that perceived “valuable spontaneous interaction” usually centers on basketball tournaments and TV shows rather than innovative ways to improve company revenue.

2. Get an all-in-one workstation

Managing multiple devices can be a time suck. Go big, like 27”. A study commissioned by Apple revealed that larger screens reduce task completion time by as much as 74%. Get a high-quality all-in-one workstation with a giant monitor. If you don’t go for the best package, you will end up spending more money buying an eventual upgrade instead of just starting with what you’re really after in the first place.

Get an all-in-one workstation instead of using multiple devices for storage, graphics, sound, and display. The best ones have a large amount of memory space, input and output HDMI jacks, with high-resolution pixel display and Blu-Ray drive. Think of it this way, the faster the processor, the faster you’ll be able to get your work done.

3. Add a second monitor

Boost your work productivity

According to a report by the New York Times, adding an additional monitor can increase your output by 20% to 30%. Most workers who use a second monitor use one for reference and one for the work-at-hand.

Second monitors are also very helpful for comparisons using multiple applications simultaneously. It’s helpful to buy monitors that are the same size, so budget enough to get matching screen sizes.

4. Boost your work productivity by listening to music (?!)

Contrary to popular belief, listening to music is an instrument of focus rather than an element of distraction. Statistics released from a study commissioned by PPL and PRS (music licensing companies) about how music affects the workplace found that 77% of respondents who started listening to music while they worked led to an increase in office morale.

Some studies have shown that listening to your favorite music at work can improve your productivity by 10%. That is a significant difference for something you do passively.

5. Don’t multi-task

You might have trouble locating a job description that does not specify, “must be able to multi-task,” but in fact, findings from studies done at the University of Utah and Stanford University found that demanding workers to be good at multi-tasking leads to deteriorating productivity.

Those who claim to be good at multi-tasking are simply easily distracted and more susceptible to environmental stimuli. If your company has created a culture of workers who blithely stare into their Smartphones during meetings and other important work interactions instead of paying attention to the 3D world around them, you may want to recalibrate your company’s stand on technology use as it relates to productivity.

During your next meeting, take a look at how many employees are checked out of the meeting paying attention instead to their phones, laptops, and tablets—it may disturb you. Consider ditching the technology and asking everyone to stand during meetings. Everyone will pay more attention and stay focused instead of delving into diversions.

What are your tips for boosting productivity?

Author Bio: Bruno Galera works for Dell and has a passion for technology. When he’s not reading about the latest industry trends, you can find him cooking, reading, cheering on his favorite football team or at a museum enjoying contemporary art and photography.