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4 Productivity-Boosting Tips for Small Businesses

By Nextrio on September 06th, 2013 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmailby feather

Today many small businesses are trying to do more with fewer resources. As a result, “productivity” is a popular buzzword in management and human resources circles. 

Yet many of us may still get distracted or off-task throughout the day and don’t get a chance to put forth our maximum effort. To increase productivity in your office, test out these five tips: 

1. Hold Walking Meetings

Take your meetings outside and on the move to get your team inspired. A recent blog on Harvard Business Review called “Sitting is the Smoking of Our Generation,” popularized the idea of walking meetings as a way to combat the negative side effects of sitting for too long. Walking and talking increases focus and helps people feel they are part of a team conquering a shared goal. 

2. Use Desktop Virtualization

Desktop virtualization solutions make it easier for workers to get things done from home or during business travel. This type of solution also makes it easy for IT staff to set up new employees with company software or troubleshoot a problem on someone’s PC by logging in remotely to their desktop. 

3. Schedule Breaks

It may seem counterintuitive, but planning for a few breaks in your day can actually boost your overall productivity. Studies show that we can focus for about 90 minutes at a time before our focus and accuracy decrease. For every 90 minutes you work, try taking a three to five minute break where you stand and walk away from your desk. This will help you stay energized and more focused. 

4. Try Microsoft SharePoint

Cloud solutions like Microsoft SharePoint increase collaboration and limit the headaches of sending file revisions back and forth via email or a server. Microsoft SharePoint is an online cloud-based application of its Office products. You can collaboratively edit documents in real time, hold impromptu virtual meetings, manage projects, chat, and more. SharePoint will even help your office to reduce paper usage by eliminating the need to frequently print and share documents. 

What are your favorite tips for keeping productivity high in your office? Leave your suggestions in the comments below. If you want to learn how cloud solutions can increase your team’s productivity, call Nextrio at (520) 545-7100. We’ve helped hundreds of Southern Arizona businesses improve their IT solutions.