Major Productivity Killers in the Workplace and How to Avoid Them

Productivity is a major driving force in the workplace and it has the capacity to help set your business apart from your competitors. Shockingly, most office workers spend less than three hours a day being productive. There are several reasons for this lack of productivity and each of them is costing your company tons of money on a daily basis. Renting an office space in Ottawa or Mississauga could help offset some of those losses.

Keep reading to learn all about the top five productivity killers in your office and what you can do to avoid them altogether.

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Too Much Background Noise

While some people thrive working in a busy environment surrounded by endless din, others might prefer a quiet and relaxing work atmosphere to get work done. This is a matter of preference, but it’s certainly one that could impact the productivity levels in your office.

To ensure that you’re getting the very best out of your employees while also keeping them satisfied in their work environments, you need to provide a space that appeals to their sensibilities. Renting an office space in Ottawa or Mississauga that’s equipped with private offices and meeting rooms provides a win-win solution for both types of workers.

Social Media Access

A recent study found that social media is one of the top distractions that employees engage in while they’re supposed to be working. Social media can provide a nice little escape or mental break from the daily challenges of your job. But sometimes, all it takes is clicking on one meme or video to fall down the Internet rabbit hole. Time is fleeting when you have lots of strict deadlines to meet and, oftentimes, when employees rush to get things done at the last minute, their work ends up being sloppy and low-quality.

Unnecessary Meetings

Everyone at one point or another has been forced to attend a corporate meeting that could have very easily been summed up in a brief email. Unnecessary meetings at work aren’t just a massive waste of money and other resources; they’re also a waste of everyone’s time. And when you own your own business, time is money. The time spent in a meeting that no one really cares about could be spent working on projects and company objectives. It’s an extremely valuable commodity that shouldn’t be taken for granted.

Too Many Interruptions during the Workday

Fire drills, useless office memos, loss of Internet, and P.A. system announcements are just a few examples of some of the biggest workday interruptions that could negatively impact your bottom line. While it’s important to review safety procedures every once in a while to prepare your staff for emergencies, performing them more than once a month is overkill and can lead to a lot of wasted time and money in the office.

Answering Too Many E-Mails

Approximately 28% of the time employees are at work is spent responding to e-mails. Granted, e-mails have become an instrumental part of the workday and are, in many cases, the most popular form of contact in the corporate world, it’s important not to allow them to take over most of your time at work. If responding to an overabundance of e-mails is preventing you from completing other more pressing work-related tasks, then it might be time to reevaluate your professional priorities and create a to-do list to help you stay on track.

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Pat Fernandes

Using all the skills, experience and knowledge gained in my work life, it gives me great joy to help professional business owners to find a comfortable office space to carry out their day to day work. At Innovative Professional Offices we provide executive office space for solo-preneurs and small companies. We provide virtual office services for those who work from home, but need a business address and telephone. We provide board rooms for meetings and small seminars.
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