How To Limit Distractions In The Office

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By Michael Sterling

It’s always the priority in every employers mind to keep the flow of productivity in the office. When you are dealing with a huge number of employees, it is easy for things like office drama, outside commitments and favoritism to take over the day to day work duties.

As a business owner, you need to posses more than knowledge and talent, but you must build a keen sense of management. It’s not enough to know about numbers and markets, real success lies in the home front.

#1) Limit The Interaction

This can go one of two ways. Either you will seem like a dictator who is “anti-fun” in every aspect and is a stickler when it comes employee interaction, or you will be respected as a great manager that makes their employees feel that their talents are much more needed within their departments. Obviously, the latter one is the correct way.

If you have employees that tend to talk to each other more than they work, separate them! But not in a way that makes them feel like they are in first grade, being told by their teacher to switch desks. If there is an open office, a good suggestion is to put them in there by convincing them that their work will be more beneficial in an enclosed space. This makes them feel better about it.

One thing you can do is to limit the usage of Facebook and Twitter, but most people nowadays will resent that. Instead, if you have an online clock-in, you can work with your engineer to allow each computer to access Facebook ONLY when they’re clocked out. That way, they won’t feel as shut out from the world, and the social media distraction will be no more.

#2) Invest In A Great Break Room

By having a state of the art, spacious break room, it will allow your employees to choose it as their “hang out.” When they are standing about around their desks chatting, they will soon realize that it is much more fun in the break room. So what do they do? They take they’re conversation there instead.

By doing this more often, they will subconsciously tell themselves that their desk is for working and the break room is for fun. Slowly they will begin to differentiate the two and apply that principal more often.

#3) Choose Times To Walk Around The Office

Choose an appropriate time to walk around the office. Every thirty to forty-five minutes is a good window. This way, your employees will never know when you will be coming around the corner and will try to stay as close to their desk as possible. When you walk around, ask questions. See if they’re okay or if they need anything.

By making sure that they know you are still “cool,” the walking-around trick won’t seem as invasive.

#4) Take More Heed During Summer Time Activities

According to a recent survey done by Captive Network, 19% of attendance drops during the warm months and 20% of white-collar workers said that their productively significantly decreases. The reason why is pretty self-explainatory. The Summer and Spring are the best times of the year.

People want to go to the beach, they won’t want to be locked up inside an office. Here’s an idea: website like ABN have great coupons for summer getaways and resorts. Why not hold raffles? It could be for the most attendance or for Employee of the month titles. This way, they feel like they need to work harder in order to get some sort of prize.

Raffles can be a great way to liven up your relationship with your employees. You can ask for suggestions on what they would like to see – you’d be surprised how many people will want to join in on the fun.