Does it seem like everyone at the office is feeling the winter blues? The good news is that winter is almost over! On the other hand, there’s still a good chunk of it left. If you’re struggling to stay productive at work lately, it is possible to get over the dreary plateau. Here’s how to be more productive at work for the remainder of winter!
Reorganize the Work Setting
Is the office currently littered with piles of paper, old coffee cups, and stacked folders? It’s not just the snow and overcast skies that has everyone in a slump! An untidy, cluttered workspace can hinder everyone’s productivity. So, the first order of business is to get rid of all the clutter and tidy up. Not only will it clear your headspace and make you feel better. Tidying up can actually make you more social. Plus, you’ll get a better idea of which office supplies and resources you’re low on.
While you’re at it, reorganize the entire office. Changing around the office layout will make for a fresh atmosphere. Even an open workspace can engage your team more and make for great collaborative energy.
You can incorporate office tools that boost productivity, too.
Long hours in front of the computer can lead to neck and back pain. The cold weather doesn’t help. Standing desks could be something you introduce to help your team feel better.
Give the Office a Fresh Coat of Paint
If you’re going to spend a weekend reorganizing the office layout, why not add a splash of color while you’re at it? The color of your office can have an effect on your productivity. The overcast winter skies certainly aren’t helping. But even beige and white offices make for bad productivity in spring and summer.
Calming blues and soft greens can help your team stay productive. Incorporate these colors around people’s desks.
You don’t have to paint the entire office over, either. Add a blue or green accent wall. You could even add a soft yellow accent wall in a conference room for a creativity boost.
Make the Office Cozier with Lighting & Warmth
In the winter, there’s less daylight, which can make people feel sleepy and less productive. The colder temperatures can also disrupt your concentration. If you’re wondering how to be more focused, change the lighting in the office.
Turn down irksome, headache-stirring fluorescent lighting. Use daylight lamps instead. These lamps produce lighting that’s similar to natural daylight. They’re softer than fluorescent lighting and they can help fight seasonal depression.
Area rugs in the office can add warmth and a cozier feel. Give your employees fleece blankets to wrap themselves in. Provide hot beverages and soup on freezing days.
Promote Health & Wellness
It’s no secret that cold and flu viruses ran rampant in the winter. When people aren’t feeling well, their productivity takes the hit. Encourage your employees to take sick days and long weekends to recuperate. You can even designate a resting area and encourage your team to take power naps.
Offer healthy snacks and fruit smoothies packed with vitamins. You can also encourage yoga stretching and team exercises during breaks. The endorphin boost can do wonders for everyone’s productivity.
Stay Productive This Winter and All Year Long
Winter is almost over… but there’s still plenty of time for the winter blues to wreak havoc on your office productivity. Don’t wait around for warmer weather and sunnier skies to arrive. By working in these ideas, you can zap the winter blues now and help your team stay productive.
Are you still wondering how to be more productive at work? Bad posture may have something to with the current slump! Learn more about ergonomy and how it can boost your productivity.