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10 Perks Companies Should Offer To Boost Productivity

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10 Perks Companies Should Offer To Boost Productivity

Leading a serious business is actually a lot more than being able to pay your employees at the end of each month. The competition out there is pretty tough, so you need to put in your finest effort to keep every member of your team happy, no matter if you’re a head of a large company or a small business. The concept here is quite simple – if employees are taken care of and they have something to look forward to, your business will grow and your office will spread out.

Usually, when companies need to work on boosting productivity they tend to use incentive programs, which can work pretty well but it’s not enough, because a large percentage of them have deadlines. In order to solve this problem, you should devote yourself to coming up with various perks which will keep your employees on the edge. If you do introduce them to your business, there will always be something fun going on around the office, so you’ll actually be working on productivity and entertainment at the same time. Check out these ten perks, maybe they turn out to be the perfect match for your working environment!

1. Incentive Monday

01 Monday

    Mondays are slow. Even though most people use weekends to recharge their batteries, it can be difficult to devote one’s attention to work. That is why you should take initiative and motivate your employees and introduce something called Incentive Monday to your business. Start by creating a weekly task that needs to be completed, and offer some kind of bonus to the employee who achieves your expectations. By doing this, you’ll improve the quality of your services because everyone will try harder because of that award you’ll grant, and the best one will enjoy its perks! Besides, every Monday will be like having a clean slate, so every member of your team will be motivated to do better next time.

    2. Loyalty Cards

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    02 30 Off

      Not all perks should be funded from your company’s budget. Once you settle on a certain location, your business will affect all other ones near you – for example, during breaks and after work, a number of your employees stops by to the closest shop to get groceries, right? This is something you should use by making a deal with that shop and together, you can create some kind of loyalty program. Therefore, you’ll have a positive effect on local economy, and you’ll make your employees happy by those discount perks (which should come as a result out of your agreement). If you have no previous experience in this area, check out this list of ten quite successful loyalty projects from which you can learn a lot.

      3. Office Library

      03 Library

        If you want to become a truly successful leader you need to work on your education constantly, but you also need to encourage others to do the same. This can be provided by conducting direct strategies, like organizing courses, but there’s a more subtle way of doing it. If you invest in an Office Library project you’ll enable employees to have a quiet place where they can enjoy great books. Apart from giving the world one more library, you’re also providing members of your team with a place where they can relieve from and gather more useful knowledge, which can only turn out to be good for your business. Having books around the office is an awesome perk!

        4. Family-Friendly Office

        04 Ping Pong

          Every office can and should develop a family-friendly attitude, no matter what kind of business you’re in or in which stage of growth you’re at. Pick a day, any day of the year, and make it an official Family Day for your company – you can organize small tournaments, educational seminars or some kind of a treasure quest. By introducing this perk to your business, you’ll actually be investing into future generations that might inherit the work positions of your employees. Besides, this kind of organization encourages having and developing family bonds, which is exactly what society needs right now.

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          5. New Gadgets & Software Updates

          06 Upgrades

            It’s pretty common and recommended for a company leader to enable the technology necessary for completing their tasks, but why stop there? There are all sorts of new, cutting edge pieces of technology which aren’t just useful, but pretty entertaining as well. If you’re worried about costs, you should look at the whole thing from a different angle – many startups and small businesses have great ideas for new gadgets that need testing and promotions, so there’s always room for making new deals. If you do some research, you’ll encounter a lot of free things you can use as perks, like this PowerPoint plugin for example, which can help a lot when it comes to visualizing of your services.

            6. Travel Perks

            05 Travel Perks

              Keeping in touch with your partners and establishing new arrangements worldwide is important for any type of business but this can be exhausting and time-consuming. You could outsource this job to an employee who deserves this position, and allow them to enjoy traveling perks while spreading the good word about your company. Again, this is one other way to enable your employees to widen their horizons, which is always a good idea. Besides, this is an excellent opportunity to create a new partnership with an airline, and broaden the diversity of your travel perks!

              7. B-day Perks

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              07 Gift

                If you want your employees to be happy, you need to let them know you care. Everyone looks forward to their birthday, even though some may say they don’t really like celebrating it. Taking an hour out of your work hours to share a cake, exchange some cards and have a nice conversation should be just enough, but you can always go a step further and invest a bit more perhaps. For example, you can extend your loyalty card deal we have mentioned earlier and enable your employees to have additional discount perks on their big day.

                8. Snack Day

                08 Snack Day

                  The fact is, everyone loves free food. If you introduce food perks to your business, you’ll definitely cause the level of dopamine to rise around the office. If you don’t have enough funds to do this on a weekly basis, you can have your Snack Day each month in the beginning. Additionally, you can focus on providing energy snacks and drinks in order to increase productivity, so you’ll end up with happy and hard-working employees. It would be great to pick the slowest day in your office and make it an official Snack Day, so you can speed up the pace. Before you do, make sure you do some homework and find out which snacks are healthy and nutritious but tasty at the same time!

                  9. Nap Time!

                  09 Energy Pod

                    In order to reach maximum productivity around the office, you should encourage your employees to take a certain amount of breaks. It’s a scientific fact that breaks help a lot when you want to get more work done. If you want to enable your employees this amazing perk you should know that the best way to do it is to provide them with energy pods! When everyone get used to them, your energy pods will become a quiet place where they can rest their minds. Obviously, after a short but effective nap every member of your team will be able to continue their work with a new-found enthusiasm.

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                    10. Suggestion Box

                    10 Box

                      This is a pretty old method, but that doesn’t mean it’s not efficient. People in your office need to know their voice counts, and that they have the power to adjust their environment according to their needs. This awesome perk won’t cost you a dime, but it will be a significant change when it comes to the working atmosphere. Besides, I’m sure you’ll be able to learn about many great ideas, and find a way to indulge their requests when the time comes.

                      By introducing these perks to your business, you’ll create a unique environment for your employees, which will make them proud to be a part of your company. This will obviously affect their ambitions to stay on their current positions, to try harder and show real progress. I hope you decide to make at least some of these perks part of your work routine, and if you do, I’d like you to let me know how it goes!

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                      Last Updated on October 21, 2021

                      How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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                      How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

                      Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

                      Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

                      The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

                      Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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                      Program Your Own Algorithms

                      Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

                      Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

                      By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

                      How to Form a Ritual

                      I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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                      Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

                      1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
                      2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
                      3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
                      4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

                      Ways to Use a Ritual

                      Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

                      1. Waking Up

                      Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

                      2. Web Usage

                      How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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                      3. Reading

                      How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

                      4. Friendliness

                      Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

                      5. Working

                      One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

                      6. Going to the gym

                      If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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                      7. Exercise

                      Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

                      8. Sleeping

                      Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

                      8. Weekly Reviews

                      The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

                      Final Thoughts

                      We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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