How to Make 2018 Your Most Productive Year Ever [infographic] – Friday Distraction

Whenever I think of the New Year, I think about goals and productivity. You know, starting the year off right by being organized and focused. If I have my *stuff* together, then I can be productive and successful.

As an HR professional, that means helping our organizations be as productive as possible. This infographic from e-days, offers some suggestions for creating a productive workplace. What I liked about this infographic is its practicality. Organizations don’t have to create big, expensive, programs to have engaged, productive employees. But they do need to do the basics well.

I do have to say that I was initially disappointed that money (in the form of rewards) was first on the list. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti- financial rewards, but I thought it shouldn’t be first. Then I noodled it over for a while and realized that as much as we say, “money isn’t a motivator”, let’s face it…sometimes money is a motivator. And employees need to feel the money part of their work is acceptable.

Also, I thought the multiple references to health was noteworthy. Employees do their best work when they feel their best. That means 1) employees need to have benefits like health insurance so they can take care of themselves and 2) they need to have some semblance of a personal life. Stressed out and burned out employees do not benefit the organization’s bottom-line.

Lastly, it’s great to see more of a connection between office space and productivity. Whether an employee works at home, in an office, or at a coffee shop, ergonomics has an impact on our ability to be productive. When I think of ergonomics, I’m talking about more than office chairs (while those are incredibly important). It includes lighting, sounds, technology, etc.

All of the ideas in this infographic touch human resources. We have the ability to influence the creation and updating of policies in these areas. The question becomes as HR is looking at the year ahead, what are they focused on? And how does that help the organization become more productive?