How to Avoid Inefficiencies When Returning to Office Life

Many employees resist going back to work when there are talks of inefficiencies in the workplace. Problems with inefficiency at work lead to poor productivity, low morale, and forms part of a vicious cycle that can really affect performance. When employees are unhappy and frustrated due to things not operating optimally it can put a major strain on the business internally which, in turn, will be felt by your customers.

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However, the good news is inefficiencies can be avoided at work. In fact, it has been reported that only 40% of Australian workers are truly satisfied, inspired and engaged in their work and happy with their work uniforms. What’s more, 64% of workers are said to be actively disengaged from their work as a result of stress and frustration, which is often caused by inefficiencies in the workplace.

Continue reading to learn how you can avoid inefficiencies and optimize performance when your team is returning to work.

Start Sharing

The knowledge that isn’t easily accessible to employees can often result in a huge amount of wasted time and frustration. Knowledge sharing in the workplace means more efficient access to information and faster responses to customer problems and issues as they arise. Using the right technology, you can ensure that all of your employees are on the same page and that everyone has access to the information they need when they need it.

With countless cloud-based platforms available nowadays, it’s easier than ever to keep your team connected and up-to-date with the latest data related to your business.

Manage Time Effectively

The key to efficiency is not wasting time. To better manage your time, it’s important to look at how you communicate and collaborate with people. If your team is used to working remotely and are familiar with these systems, why not continue to use these same platforms when you return to the office. You can also use time-tracking and management apps to keep your team on track and to monitor hours spent on various projects.

Analysing this data will help you to determine where you and your team are wasting time and how you can be more efficient with your time moving forward to be more productive.

Maximise Diversity

Team members who reflect the diversity of your customer base can increase efficiency in the workplace. A study on Global Recruiting Trends by LinkedIn found that 78% of hiring managers are extremely concerned with diversity and a direct link between diversity in the workplace and an increase in productivity in the workplace has also been established in Australian workplaces. Hiring management was also viewed as a way to improve company performance by up to 62% according to respondents.

If you truly want to maximise workplace productivity, it is vital that team members cooperate in order to learn from and teach each other equally.

Stop Micromanaging

Monitoring your employees every move might seem like a good idea, but more often than not this approach is extremely counterproductive. Micromanaging can make tasks more complicated and lead to feelings of distrust and morale can be sapped by both of these factors.

The important first step to building open, transparent communities in your organisation is to develop the right environment. By defaulting to openness, business owners can help to break down silos and barriers and give their people faster access to information. You can also create a greater sense of connection between your employees and your company’s mission by allowing your team more freedom and building trust in the workplace.

Create A Positive Environment When Your Team Return To Work

To avoid inefficiencies in the workplace, make sure you are regularly present in your business when your team returns to work and show them just how much you care about their success. Your energy and positivity will help to make the right impression on your team, boost efficiency, improve productivity and ensure that your staff feel appreciated in their roles.


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