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5 Easy Ways To Maintain Your Productivity At Work

Have you ever felt exhausted at work and completely drained? Does your back hurt and your neck is stiff? All of these problems can be traced back to how you treat yourself in the workplace, and can greatly affect your productivity in a company.

More and more people work in office environments every year. If we are looking to raise our co-workers' productivity levels than we need to start leading through example and spread good habits. 

How can you do this? In this article, we are going to go over 5 ways to help you maintain your productivity in the office. From holding back burnout to exercise and water - we have you covered.

 Frustrated blond businesswoman at the desk in an office with a laptop and diary

Spotting & Maintaining Burnout Among Employees

Burnout is the biggest killer of workplace productivity. There are many different reasons for why burnout can occur in an employee, like being overworked, being part of a dysfunctional team, or they reached a milestone/goal with an unintended result. 

It has a variety of symptoms that include irritation, depression, anxiety and lack of confidence.

In order to keep yourself from falling victim to burnout, you need to be proactive. Be a part of your team constantly, communicate with your boss, and bring up any problems or issues so the group can improve as a whole. This will lead to more inclusivity, better team building, and make employees less likely to burnout.

Make sure you are not overburdening yourself with the weight of others. It’s fine to help people out every once in a while but do NOT let yourself get taken advantage of! This will drain you of all your energy, and leave you resenting the job and wanting to quit.

One of the biggest symptoms of burnout is a feeling of emptiness or depression, and this can have long-lasting effects on people that can extend past the workplace.

If you are in a managerial position and start to notice your coworkers/employees are missing days more frequently or showing up late for work on a regular basis; instead of persecuting them - try talking to them about their problems - you might be surprised by what you might hear. Everyone is living their own lives, and with that, comes its own set of problems for each individual. Level with your employees and let them know you are here to help in any way.

Making sure you or your employees don’t end up in a constant state of burnout is crucial to a company’s productivity and success. In order to do this we must be personable and inclusive with our employees/bosses, and let them know what our concerns are as much as we can.

Watch Your Posture

Sitting incorrectly can do some pretty horrific things to your back and neck over time, including some musculoskeletal disorders that are just not nice at all. That’s why it’s really important to maintain proper posture throughout the day!

No one works at their best when their backs and necks are hurting. This is a very important step in maintaining your productivity in the workplace. If you are constantly in pain - then you won’t want to be there, and you’ll be rushing to get out of the door.

Make sure your workplace has the right office equipment such as office chairs with lumbar support, headrests, and ergonomic mouse & keyboards. This will greatly reduce your chances of developing any back or wrist problems.

But first… before checking your equipment, make sure you are working in a neutral posture. Neutral posture is when your spine is free from any twists or bends, and your wrists are straight.

Follow the steps below to dramatically reduce your chances of musculoskeletal diseases and carpal tunnel syndrome. 

  1. Feet rested firmly on the ground (NO crossing legs or ankles)
  2. Keep your hips slightly higher than your knees
  3. Make sure your Lumbar / Back area is supported
  4. Head, Neck, & Shoulders are aligned and straight
  5. The monitor is eye level to avoid the neck tilting downward or upward
  6. Shoulders relaxed
  7. Bend your elbows at least 100 degrees or more
  8. Wrists are straight
  9. Fingers slightly curled & relaxed

Maintaining the correct posture can greatly reduce your chances of acquiring long-term health problems. “Sitting Disease” is a very real thing, and is caused by having terrible posture while sitting for prolonged periods of time.

Start creating good habits like taking stretching breaks every 45-60 minutes, and posture checks.

Always make sure your office has the right equipment available to you.

Drink Lots of Water

I’m sure you’ve heard of this before… drink lots of water! And as easy as it sounds, many people still don’t drink enough water at work. Our bodies are about ⅔ H2O, so to keep our bodily functions in check, we need to stay hydrated.

The next time you are crashing at work, try chugging a cold glass of water and see how that helps you. It will help wake you up and kickstart your metabolism. Using this method, water can even help you lose weight.

Don’t wait till you get thirsty. If you are, then you are already dehydrated - and need to be more diligent in making sure you’re getting the proper amount of water through the day.

You can even take it to the next level by starting the “Gallon a Day” challenge, and gulp down 1 gallon of water each day for the next month! 

Exercise

By exercising on your off time (or during your break) you can help drastically improve your productivity. Individuals who keep themselves in shape can see the benefits start to seep into their work lives right away.

Employees who maintain an active lifestyle see longer bursts of energy, have more focus, and can keep targeted on a goal for longer periods of time. The reason for this is because the gains from working out at the gym can extend to your mental health as well. Most individuals tend to stay in a clear and focused state of mind after exercising, which is great for focusing on a big project.

Individuals can see a rise in their level of confidence in the workplace and feel more relaxed around their coworkers. Anxiety, is after all, one of the worst mental problems someone can have at work, and working out can really help relieve this kind of stress.

Still, need more proof? TotalWellness pays their employees to work out at least 30 minutes a day, and they are showing amazing results! Keeping in shape can help your life in many different ways including your presence at work. Arrive with more confidence, energy, and focus at your desk than ever before.

Eyestrain

The blue light emitted from our monitors, phones, and TVs can be potentially harmful to our delicate little eyes. But yet, we still manage to sit in front of these screens for hundreds of hours on end! Crazy right? Well this is all fine and dandy until we start coming across some real problems.

Dry eyes or even bloodshot eyes can be a common occurrence at the workplace after sitting in front of a computer for 5+ hours. That is why you must take eye breaks every 30-45 minutes and stare at something else for at least 30 seconds. This will help reduce eyestrain greatly. No one wants to keep working if their eyes are drier than the Sahara desert…

So take a break every once in a while. You’ll start to notice you will want to stay in front of the computer more, getting work done, rather than dread staring at a screen for 4 hours straight.

Conclusion

In this article, we went over a few different ways to help maintain your productivity in the office. It can be tough working for extended periods of time at a cramped desk for 8+ hours a day. But you can make it work, I promise!

Make sure to exercise and stretch throughout the day. Keep moving! Build good habits around your posture, and maintain a neutral pose.

Talk to your manager about any concerns you may have with equipment, or if you’re ever feeling symptoms of burnout. If they still can’t help you, then maybe it’s time to look for a new place to work. The health of a company's employees should ALWAYS be priority #1.

What does your workplace do to keep productive? Is there anything you wish your boss would implement to make life better in your office?

Tell us in the comments below! We would love to hear what you have to say!

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