Becoming more productive at work can be handled in a variety of ways. Some people will look to gain more training or education in order to improve productivity, while others will look for access to improved tools or technology, allowing them to accomplish more in less time.
If you don’t have the resources for new tools or training, there’s another way to make yourself more productive. Numerous studies, as referenced in the infographic below, show that when you improve your level of happiness and health, you’ll also increase your level of productivity.
Happier, Healthier Workers
When you’re ready to make a lifestyle change in an attempt to improve your attitude and become happier, there are quite a few steps to follow. Making such changes isn’t always easy, but these decisions will yield their desired payoff down the road. Helping employees find a way to be happier can include:
Becoming more grateful
People who are grateful for the things they have in life tend to be happier. It will take time to learn to how to recognize the positive aspects of less optimal situations, but it’s a process that can be learned, and can even have financial or relationship benefits. A UC Davis study showed that people who keep a weekly journal listing at least five things for which they’re grateful tended to behave more optimistically and to have fewer health problems.
Learning to listen
One of the best ways to ensure happy employees throughout the office is when co-workers learn how to listen to each other properly. Very few people have had formal training on listening to others, and with distractions like cell phones constantly available, it’s more difficult than ever to listen well. The best way to start learning to listen better is to maintain eye contact with the speaker and to avoid interrupting the speaker.
Finding ways to volunteer
People almost certainly will be happier when they feel like they’re contributing to the betterment of others through volunteering. Give your employees a chance to volunteer outside the office for an hour or two during the work week, and you’re sure to see an improved attitude when they’re back in the office, leading to better productivity.
When people feel better about their physical well-being, they’re going to eliminate feelings of depression and anger, leaving them happier. Consider rewarding employees who are involved in exercise programs. Or create a goal for employees to participate in a local fun run/walk, and then give them the tools to have success in reaching the goal, such as subsidizing health club memberships or organizing lunch time exercising groups.
Making a difference
When people reach a point of satisfaction with their work, they’re sure to be happier and more productive. And satisfied employees typically are those who feel like they’re truly making a difference. Give employees a sense of ownership in the organization and help them to find a way to take pride in the work they’re doing, and the increase in productivity levels will be sure to follow.
Once you’ve committed to making some lifestyle changes to improve your outlook on life, you’ll want to improve the chances that those changes will stick with you for the long term. As shown in the infographic below, one of the best ways to continue to live a happier life is to surround yourself with happy people.
Various studies show that your happiness level is affected by the five people with whom you spend the majority of your time. So not only to you want to find people who have a positive attitude with which to spend your time, but you also want to ensure that your attitude is one that will cause your co-workers to want to spend time with you!