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Experts offer tips on increasing workplace productivity, decreasing work injuries

Now that Thanksgiving is nearly here, the weather will soon begin to change from sunny and seasonable to cloudy and cold in many parts of the country. This phenomenon is not just confined to the Midwest and the East Coast, though, as many of us here in Southern California will see lower temperatures, gray skies and increased rainfall over the next few months.

As an employer, chances are that you give very little thought to these changing weather conditions as you have much bigger issues with which to deal. However, it's no secret that the onset of dreary weather conditions can sometimes lead to a noticeable drop in workplace productivity.

This is problematic for a few reasons. First, a drop in productivity means a drop in revenue generated. Second, a drop in productivity can be accompanied by a general malaise that can greatly increase the likelihood of serious workplace injuries, meaning higher workers' compensation defense costs and a smaller workforce.

Interestingly, the web interface and designer/builder MetaLab recently compiled a few basic tips that employers can consider to improve employee productivity/combat this malaise over the next few months.

  • Employers can persuade their employees to take full advantage of their break time. Just a brief respite from work spent stretching their legs or chatting in the kitchen can help employees combat both fatigue and stress.
  • Employers can create opportunities for employees to work remotely (if possible). This simple step can improve work-life balance and provide an opportunity for employees to thrive in a quiet environment.
  • Employers can urge their employees to prioritize, meaning that they take on the most complex and important tasks in the morning when their mind is fresh and energy levels high.
  • Employers can consider adopting automation programs to cover otherwise simple tasks that needlessly consume the time and energy of employees.
  • Employers can take their meetings mobile, meaning a walk outside or even around the building to discuss matters. This can energize the team and help assure greater concentration at meetings.

While this list is by no means comprehensive, it can potentially reduce the incidence of workplace injuries and reduce workers' compensation defense costs ...

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.


EHS Today, "Six ways to boost workplace productivity," Laura Walter, Nov. 2, 2012

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