Although 2015 is firmly behind us, we nonetheless can make important comparisons from last year. From an independent study conducted among 2,006 British employees in 2015, it was found that the two areas that became a focus for many businesses’ to improve were engagement and productivity.
According to the Office for National Statistics, workforces are 31% less productive than those of the US with engagement and productivity affected by various obstacles, one of these being employee motivation.
The independent study also found that half of the UK workforce did not feel positively about their job last year and staff are only going to become engaged and have a better output if their employer makes them feel driven and inspired.
What motivated staff in 2015?
• 45% a good work/life balance
• 25% a motivating boss who’s very good at their job
• 19% great peers who always motivate you
• 17% boss saying thank you
• 16% the office environment
We recently exhibited alongside Derby College at the Love Business Expo and what a great time we had. Like any Expo it provided us with an excellent opportunity to network amongst a variety of companies from within the Midlands. From start ups’ to global corporations, there was an extensive range of businesses who all contributed to the success of the day.
We exhibited within the engineering area, alongside some incredible engineering companies. It also gave us the opportunity to create partnerships, enhance our reputation as a nationwide training provider and ultimately provide companies with the knowledge on how to upskill their workforce.
Throughout the day there were many insightful discussions and seminars on topics such as changes in communication, auto enrolment forms and apprenticeship reforms, as well as the five business trends to be mindful of in 2016.
We were also delighted to be featured in the Love Business magazine, given to over 4000 visitors at the Expo, in which we discussed how management development is important to businesses who want to take a proactive approach to growth.
Often the confines of a nine hour working day, paired with commitments outside of work can often compromise your quality of work. Your to-do list may stretch extensively, increasing your stress levels and limiting your chances of completing those important tasks.
In order to manage your tasks effectively, time management is required. Taking the time to plan and gain control over the amount spent on specific tasks is vital.
Take the first 30 minutes of each day to plan. Don’t start your day until you have completed your plan. This can be from a simple checklist, diary or even downloading an app to help create a system that best suits you.
There are many methods and theories which people use in order to plan. The most simple would be to create a checklist, noting everything from sending an email to tackling those impending projects. You can then start to prioritise.
Did you say large project?
If you’re in the process of completing a large project you may want to use the SMART acronym (specific, measureable, agreed, realistic, time-framed) to apply your thinking, as this ensures you know what exactly needs to be achieved. The SMART model allows you reach your goals through the measurable targets you set. By deconstructing an overwhelming task, it will allow you to tackle this in smaller and more manageable chunks.
Stop getting distracted!
Time, it’s what we all have in common but it’s how we use it that allows us to achieve. Time management especially plays a key role in the working environment. With important tasks, it’s vital to steer away from distractions. Close all irrelevant browser windows, put your phone away and find a quiet, comfortable place to work.
Two or three?
From your list of tasks, however extensive, identify two or three that are the most crucial to complete and have a go at tackling these first. Yes, you may still have a long list of incomplete tasks, but the important and more time consuming ones will be completed. After doing so, you’ll begin to feel much more positive, allowing your stress levels to reduce and your optimism to flourish!
No, no, no.
It’s important to understand that sometimes you will need to say no to opportunities in order for your tasks to take president. Taking on only those commitments that you know you have time for will be much more beneficial than taking on a range of tasks.
Tidy desk, tidy mind.
Organisation is key. Why not take some time out to clear your desk, after all, small changes go along way. You may not think you are the most ultra-organised person but you’ll be surprised. Creating your own filing system, keeping a diary or using your phone to write notes- whatever method allows you to approach your tasks confidently.
Recognising that time management is extremely important increases your personal productivity to achieve a greater work-life balance. Applying this can eliminate time being wasted and improve your performance in and out of work. Getting to grips with a new method to meet those key deadlines will ultimately determine your success in the work force.
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