People & Culture


When it comes to workplace productivity, here are my five top tips to help you stay productive at work. The first tip is in regard to the physical workspace. For employers, it’s really important to provide your people with a space that supports them to do their best work and to be productive. Things like providing lots of natural light, a range of comfort control options for them to adjust air and temperature settings, as well as a choice of spaces to work. It’s also about providing an environment that people want to be in, given we spend so much time at work.

The second tip is about providing a diversity of workspaces. To make sure you’re providing spaces for people that supports the way they like to work, as well as a variety of tasks that they might have to complete throughout the day. So it’s thinking about spaces for collaborative work, as well as quieter and more concentrated work, that they might need to perform. It’s also really important to provide really functional technology enabled meeting spaces. And that applies whether you’re considering a more traditional office layout or perhaps one of the more contemporary agile based workspaces. 

My third tip is to get moving. We know that there are a range of wellbeing and productivity benefits associated with movement throughout the day. Sitting is the new smoking. So if you can, take the opportunity to get up and get out of that chair throughout the course of your workday. It’ll help you feel better, but also be more productive. If you’re lucky to have one of the great height adjustable workstations, you can take advantage of those. But if not, it could be as simple as having a standing or a walking meeting, or just popping out for some fresh air throughout the day. All of these simple measures help us to feel better, but also to be more productive within our work tasks.

Tip number four is time blocking. This can be a great strategy on a personal level to help you get into more deep and focussed work and be more productive with those tasks. Modern technology is great, but we all know that the ping of a phone or a notification of an email popping up can be quite distracting. Try blocking out chunks of time to get into that really focussed and important work.

My final strategy for improving your workplace productivity is to embrace flexibility. If your employer offers flexible working programs, take advantage of these and play to your strengths with how you like to work. If you’re a night owl and you know that you work better towards the end of the day, why not come in later and stay later and use those hours when you’re most productive. Or if you find that you get more concentrated, focussed work done better outside of the office, take advantage of that if you can. If it’s not working outside of the office, think about moving about throughout the day to suit the sort of tasks that you are working on. It really can help you to focus better and get more productive use of your time.

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