EMBiz: 3 Tips for a More Productive Workspace
3 Tips for a More Productive Workspace
Elevating Productivity, In Person & Remotely
Hi Everyone, Laurel Mintz here with Elevate My Brand. Today we’re gonna talk a little bit about tips for a productive workspace. Now, I don’t know if you actually know this, but we shut our offices down during the pandemic, which broke my heart a little bit because they were so beautiful, but we have a fully dispersed and remote team now. Now the challenge in that is making sure that everyone is productive and that I don’t have to micromanage, right? That’s not my vibe, that’s not what I want my team to feel, but we also want to make sure that we’re providing you with what we do as a best practice to keep our teams productive.
Implement Time Tracking
The first thing I would say we do is time tracking. Now, we’ve done this, since almost the inception of the agency to make sure that we have oversight into the projects that we’re working on. This means that we don’t have to micromanage, we can see every week, every month, every day, how much time each of our team members is spending on a specific project, and making sure that that is balanced against the scope of work. Now that’s how you would stay productive from an agency perspective, but we wanted to offer some more general tips as well.
For me, the number one thing is hydration. I can’t tell you how much sitting at a desk, talking, I’m like schmoozing all the time, virtually, on these little boxes, right? It just drains a lot of that energy out of you, and there’s nothing that’s more energizing to me than a great sip of water. We use the Hidrate bottle. I’ve sent it to a bunch of our team, it tracks your water, it’s IOT connected, and it’s gamified, and it’s super super fun so I would highly recommend that.
Use a Project Management Software
The next thing is again more team productivity focused, which is using a project management software. So we use one that is specifically focused on agencies that’s called Brightpod, and that means that you can assign different tasks within the ‘pod’ of your clients to the different people on your team. Again, that provides a lot of oversight and management to the day-to-day activities.
The next piece that I think is really important in terms of a productive work environment is literally your environment, making sure you have a clean space. We send our teams ergonomic chairs and ergonomic footrests, and making sure that they have angled rests for their computers. All of these little things make such a huge difference when it comes to making a productive work environment.
Have Fun & Connect With Your Team
And then, make sure your team stays connected. We’ve got some fun things that we do in Slack channels, we’ve got some Zooms that we do collectively as a team, we have weekly challenges that we challenge each other to do to make sure that we also feel emotionally connected. So it’s about being connected in your space, being connected to your work, and then of course, being connected to your team.