If there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that a well-oiled machine, or an administratively sound office-space, runs the smoothest. Maintaining order is essential, so use these administrative tricks to keep everyone happy and productive.
1. Block Your Time
Blocking your time can seem like an activity best left in high school, but studies have shown that increased organization and time-management can have one of the highest effects on productivity. You don’t necessarily have to keep a rigid stop-watched eye on your every move to make this effective. Simply set yourselves goals, like: “I will have finished my task by 10 am”.
2. Stick To A Schedule
Creating a schedule for yourself not only makes sure you keep on top of your work, but it makes sure you’re less likely to forget about something important when you’re tired or stressed. “Transform your day into a checklist format, with things like clearing your inbox at the beginning to get you into the swing of things, working your way through your tasks in order of importance at the same time each day,” says Mary W. Diaz, a content writer at NextCoursework and BritStudent.
3. Make Information Accessible
Obviously, there is certain information that only particular people are allowed to access. However, in most offices, there is simple information that everyone needs. Clogging up each other’s time and inboxes with requests for these things is the surest way to waste everyone’s time. Either, maximize your business’ server, or simply start up a Google share system for everyone to put useful information.
4. Make Connection Easy
The simple premise of the business is that the more people who know about you, the better. So, make sure anybody who wants to get in touch has the ability to do so. Make a simple email form on your website, and task someone with manning it. Do this rather than simply providing an email address, so you have more control over the format and you are not bothered when you’re busy.
5. Track Your Hours
Nobody wants to work overtime without compensation, and yet so often employees end up working more than they’re paid to do. This isn’t fair but is a nightmare for HR to deal with if everyone has haphazard reasoning for their complaints. “So, simplify it and provide employees with a way to track their hours. This way, people are paid their dues, but you are able to manage it accurately and make sure nobody takes advantage of the system,” suggests Michele B. Rippy, an HR at 1Day2Write and Write My X.
6. Only Have Important Meetings
It is a common misconception that meetings correlate with productive communication. However, the more irrelevant or low-key the meetings, the less seriously people take meetings in general. If you reserve meetings for strictly important business, productivity will rise. Anything that could have been done in an email should be done in an email.
7. Email Sparingly
An email that could replace a meeting is always the way to go, but not every thought or issue warrants an email. Think about whether something can be resolved in a quick chat or question, rather than transforming your colleague’s inboxes into a constant stream of unread messages.
8. Have Workplace Goals
Setting your own mini-goals is important, however, setting overarching goals for everyone to achieve makes these mini-goals easier to create. Conduct a monthly meeting in which these goals are outlined, and have a way of reporting back when these are achieved. Often, reward systems work well in motivating people to complete these goals.
There you have it: eight ways to make the workplace a slicker place to work. Don’t be fooled into thinking there is such a thing as being too organized. Routine may seem tedious, but chaos is far more detrimental to your productivity.
Martha Jameson is a content and copywriter at Academicbrits.com and PhDKingdom.com. Before she chose writing as her calling at Coursework Help, she was a web designer and a manager. Martha’s main goals are to share her experience, motivation, and knowledge with her readers.
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