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5 ways to boost office productivity

5 simple ways to boost productivity in your office

By Samsung Australia,  05.08.2015.


New technology brings with it many new ways of working, which means businesses now have a multitude of different methods for lifting productivity in the workplace – but where do you start?

New technology brings with it many new ways of working, which means businesses now have a multitude of different methods for lifting productivity in the workplace – but where do you start?


1. Get connected

Connectivity now means much more than hooking up to the workplace Wi-Fi. According to The Wall Street Journal, more than 13 million people in the US work remotely at least one day a week. And many of today's workers treat their mobile device as their own portable office, meaning the modern employee can be just as productive at home as at their work desk.

Given this, businesses can benefit by investing in new ways of keeping employees connected wherever they are – whether that means providing portable 4G modems, cloud-based apps for collaboration and productivity, or virtual servers so workers always have what they need within arm's reach.


2. Clean your desk(top)

Albert Einstein once asked: "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?"

But urban legend suggests the average person wastes 4.3 hours a week searching for loose papers. On balance, taking the time to arrange your desk and desktop with logical filing systems is likely to save you time as well as a few grey hairs.


3. Find the right app

Speaking of organising your life, did you know there's an app for that?

Project management and collaboration apps such as Asana can help keep team members connected and working together towards common goals. Social note-taking apps such as Evernote can help you streamline and share your daily observations and to-do lists from a central cloud-based system. Similarly, travel apps such as TripIt make it simpler to organise travel plans, find alternate flights and secure the best fares, so you can focus on work instead of stressing about your trip.

These and many similar applications are free to use, so you can start finding smarter, faster ways of working right now without paying a cent.


4. Log in to Facebook

According to a Microsoft survey, more than one-third of workers believe they could do their jobs better if their workplace made social media tools more accessible, while nearly half say they're more productive thanks to social media.

Services such as Facebook and Twitter aren't only good for morale – these sites can be powerful tools for networking and research. The key to using social media as a way to boost productivity comes down to how you use it, so set in place a policy that outlines how workers can and should put these platforms to use.


5. Start an internal audit

Reviewing workplace processes can open up lines of communication throughout the entire business, from administration to executive. This kind of open dialogue helps resolve frustrations employees might have with processes and serves to clear out redundant activities that could be impeding meaningful work.

The most important thing to remember is that there's always room for improvement – keep an eye out for potential improvements and don't be afraid to make adjustments if you think they could save time and money.

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