Beyond the Traditional Office–Ways to Reduce Stress and Increase Productivity

Gone are the days of reporting for duty 40 hours a week in a drab, poorly-lit office space.  If you want a healthy, happy work environment for yourself and your employees, it is time to start thinking outside the box (or outside the office walls)! In the article, “5 Progressive Ways to Reduce Stress and Increase Productivity,” Manish Dudharejia pushes the envelope beyond the traditional office to create healthy, happy workers AND to increase productivity.  He suggests:

  • Promoting transparency
  • Creating to-do lists
  • Going pet-friendly
  • Expanding the workplace to allow working remotely
  • Disconnecting from the distractions of social media

Some of these suggestions don’t seem all that radical, but if you read the full article, you will discover little tidbits in each suggestion that go beyond the usual fare.

5 Progressive Ways to Reduce Stress and Increase Productivity

In the business world, it can be tough to find that perfect balance and achieve optimum productivity. The day often turns out much differently than it was planned over morning coffee.

Stress is a fact of life for professionals. But there are many ways you can cope so it doesn’t take over your day-to-day performance or well-being. Business leaders from all backgrounds are looking for outside-the-box strategies to reduce stress and make the most out of each hour. Here are some approaches to consider implementing so you and your team fire on all cylinders — minus the afterburn.

1. Promote transparency.

No matter how many employees you have, commit yourself to being upfront about everything from small goals to the company’s overarching vision. Transparency has proven vital to employee happiness.

Maintaining authentic transparency isn’t quite as easy as it sounds. This practice starts at the top. Be sure that upper management on down encourages open communication. A central virtue of transparency: Everyone feels free to speak his or her mind. Make it clear to all who work in your operation that honest feedback is crucial to the company’s growth and development. Embrace transparency, and you’ll soon learn it doesn’t just help workers discover their full potential, it helps build trust and credibility across the board. Continue Reading…