When it comes to productivity in the workplace, a bunch of factors need to come into play, and they all need to be working smoothly. Your staff members should all be motivated, there should be a solid system in place, and the office, warehouse, or factory needs to be in the best possible condition. There are many others that we could touch on, but we’d be here all day!
That final point, though, is essential to productivity and, thus, success. If you have a messy and horribly assembled workplace, then it’s going to make work a lot more difficult and a lot slower. You don’t need to be a complete neat freak or germophobe (although it would help!), but a little cleanliness and organization would do wonders. Imagine having to find the right piece of equipment or paperwork underneath piles of clutter because nobody decided to take the initiative and responsibility – a horrible thought, right?
If you don’t exactly have the perfectly assembled place right now, then don’t panic as it’s not rocket science to figure out. Here are a few things you could do:
Create A Plan For Everyone To Follow
If everyone knows what they’re doing, then keeping things clean and tidy will be no bother. Drill it into yourself and your staff members that they must clean up after themselves once they’re finished in a certain area. You’d think this would be common sense for a grown-up, but for some reason, it doesn’t exactly reach every single pair of ears. You could perhaps make a timetable of cleaning for each member of staff or motivate them with rewards for organization.
Solicit Help From Other Businesses
When you have a lot on your plate, you may not have time to do a proper clean and tidy up. You might also not be as skilled as, say, experts in the field. That’s why it’s not a bad idea to get help from professional cleaners and similar services. If you’re a restaurant owner, you could bring in a group that would be able to dispose of things like garbage and waste cooking oil. It would cost a little, but it would be worth it if it means you get to focus properly and look more professional.
Set The Right Example Yourself
If you’re the team leader or the owner of the company, then you’ll have to be responsible and set an example to those below you. If you don’t bother and treat the place like a sty, then why should they bother? Sure, they’ll want to stay in the job, but it’s not exactly motivating seeing the boss being half-hearted regarding cleanliness and organization.
Organize The Area So It’s Difficult To Make Messes
If you organize the office, warehouse, or factory so that it’s literally more difficult to make messes, then you’ve attacked the problem at the source instead of waiting to react. Place trash cans in appropriate areas, assembled workstations in sensible locations, label things correctly – these might seem like small factors, but they make a huge difference in the long run.