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10 Perks Companies Should Offer To Boost Productivity

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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                      17 Ways Learn New Skills Faster and Enjoy the Process

                      17 Ways Learn New Skills Faster and Enjoy the Process

                      In the movie The Matrix, everyone was intrigued with the ability that Neo and his friends possessed to learn new skills in a matter of seconds. With the incredible rise in technology today, the rapid learning in the movie is becoming much more of a reality than you realize.

                      The current generation has access to more knowledge and information than any before it. Through the internet, we are able to access all sorts of knowledge to answer almost every conceivable question. To become smarter, it’s more about the ability to learn faster, rather than being a natural born genius.

                      Here are 17 ways to kickstart your Matrix-style learning experience in a short amount of time.

                      1. Deconstruct and Reverse Engineer

                      Break down the skill that you want to learn into little pieces and learn techniques to master an isolated portion. The small pieces will come together to make up the whole skill.

                      For example, when you’re learning to play the guitar, learn how to press down a chord pattern with your fingers first without even trying to strum the chord. Once you are able to change between a couple of chord patterns, then add the strumming.

                      2. Use the Pareto Principle

                      Use the Pareto Principle, which is also known as the 80 20 rule. Identify the 20% of the work that will give you 80% of the results. Find out more about the 80 20 rule here: What Is the 80 20 Rule (And How to Use It to Boost Productivity)

                      Take learning a new language for example. It does not take long to realize that some words pop up over and over again as you’re learning. You can do a quick search for “most commonly used French words,” for example, and begin to learn them first before adding on the rest.

                      3. Make Stakes

                      Establish some sort of punishment for not learning the skill that you are seeking. There are sites available that allow you to make a donation toward a charity you absolutely hate if you do not meet your goals. Or you can place a bet with a friend to light that fire under you.

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                      However, keep in mind that several studies have shown that rewards tend to be more motivating than punishment[1].

                      4. Record Yourself

                      Seeing yourself on video is a great way to learn from your mistakes and identify areas that you need to improve. This is very effective for any musicians, actors, speakers, performers, and dancers.

                      5. Join a Group

                      There are huge benefits to learning in a group. Not only are you able to learn from others but you’ll be encouraged to make progress together. Whether it’s a chess club, a mastermind group, or an online meet-up group, get connected with other like-minded individuals.

                      6. Time Travel

                      Visit the library. Although everything is moving more and more online, there are still such things called libraries.

                      Whether it’s a municipal library or your university library, you will be amazed at some of the books available there that are not accessible online. Specifically, look for the hidden treasures and wisdom contained in the really old books.

                      7. Be a Chameleon

                      When you want to learn new skills, imitate your biggest idol. Watch a video and learn from seeing someone else do it. Participate in mimicry and copy what you see.

                      Studies have shown that, apart from learning,[2]

                      “Mimicry is an effective tool not only to create ties and social relationships, but also for maintaining them.”

                      Visual learning is a great way to speed up the learning process. YouTube has thousands of videos on almost every topic available.

                      8. Focus

                      Follow one course until success! It’s easy to get distracted, to throw in the towel, or to become interested in the next great thing and ditch what you initially set out to do.

                      Ditch the whole idea of multitasking, as it has been shown to be detrimental and unproductive Simply focus on the one new skill at hand until you get it done.

                      9. Visualize

                      The mind has great difficulty distinguishing between what is real and what is imagined. That is why athletes practice mentally seeing their success before attempting the real thing[3].

                      Visualize yourself achieving your new skill and each step that you need to make to see results. This is an important skill to help when you’re learning the basics or breaking a bad habit.

                      Take a look at this article to learn how to do so: How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results

                      10. Find a Mentor

                      Success leaves clues. The best short cut to become an expert is to find an expert and not have to make the mistakes that they have made.

                      Finding out what NOT to do from the expert will fast-track your learning when you want to learn new skills. It is a huge win to have them personally walk you through what needs to be done. Reach out and send an email to them.

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                      If you need help learning how to find a mentor, check out this article.

                      11. Sleep on It

                      Practice your new skill within four hours of going to sleep.

                      Josh Kaufman, author of The Personal MBA, is a noted rapid learning expert. He says that any practice done within this time frame causes your brain to embed the learning more rapidly into its neural pathways. Your memory and motor-mechanics are ingrained at a quicker level.

                      12. Use the 20-Hour Rule

                      Along with that tip, Kaufman also suggests 20 as the magic number of hours to dedicate to learning the new skill.

                      His reasoning is that everyone will hit a wall early on in the rapid learning stage and that “pre-committing” to 20 hours is a sure-fire way to push through that wall and acquire your new skill.[4]

                      Check out his video to find out more:

                      13. Learn by Doing

                      It’s easy to get caught up in reading and gathering information on how to learn new skills and never actually get around to doing those skills. The best way to learn is to do.

                      Regardless of how unprepared you feel, make sure you are physically engaged continuously. Keep alternating between research and practice.

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                      14. Complete Short Sprints

                      Rather than to force yourself into enduring hours upon hours of dedication, work in short sprints of about 20-30 minutes, then get up and stretch or take a short walk. Your brain’s attention span works best with short breaks, so be sure to give it the little rest it needs.

                      One study found that, between two groups of students, the students who took two short breaks when studying actually performed better than those who didn’t take breaks[5].

                      15. Ditch the Distractions

                      Make sure the environment you are in is perfect for your rapid-learning progress. That means ditching any social media, and the temptation to check any email. As the saying goes, “Out of sight, out of mind.”

                      Before you sit down to learn new skills, make sure that potential distractions are far from sight.

                      16. Use Nootropics

                      Otherwise known as brain enhancers, these cognitive boosters are available in natural herbal forms and in supplements.

                      Many students will swear by the increased focus that nootropics will provide[6], particularly as they get set for some serious cramming. Natural herbal nootropics have been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic traditions to improve the mind and learning.

                      Find out more about brain supplements in this article.

                      17. Celebrate

                      For every single small win that you experience during the learning process, be sure to celebrate. Your brain will release endorphins and serotonin as you raise your hands in victory and pump your fits. Have a piece of chocolate and give yourself a pat on the back. This positive reinforcement will help you keep pushing forward as you learn new skills.

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                      The Bottom Line

                      Learning a new skill should be exciting and fun. Whether you use online courses, real world experience, YouTube videos, or free online resources, take time to learn in the long term. Keep picturing the joy of reaching the end goal and being a better version of yourself as continual motivation.

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