Make no mistake. When it comes to workplace issues, managers often feel that they are out on a hunt for the great white whale of productivity. I don’t mean to throw a literary analogy at you, but that’s really what’s going on.
Just as Captain Ahab was hell-bent and extremely obsessed about killing Moby Dick, the great white whale, a lot of managers simply beat themselves up trying to maximize productivity. A lot of modern American workplaces actually pay based on incentives.
The typical manager would make over $100,000 and they get a nice productivity bonus. In other words, if they are able to boost productivity past the certain base percentage expected rate of increase, they get a fat payday.
This is not modest here. We’re talking about hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional incentives, depending on how the productivity number stack up at the end of the year. This is serious business.
It is not surprise that a lot of managers spend quite a bit of company resources on company training and company morale boosting activities. There are all sorts of team building and motivational seminars.
Please understand that these are all well and good, but the problem is most companies don’t deploy them the right way. Maybe there’s some sort of sequence that would maximize their results. Maybe they have to be used in conjunction with certain things instead of others.
Whatever the case may be, the internet is filled with all sorts of complaints regarding these supposedly effective productivity boosting techniques, programs, and assets. It turns out that despite all the hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, in investment in such things, things don’t pan out.
The interesting things about all of this is that the managers often look at productivity as yet another problem they encounter on their way up the corporate ladder. They look at it as some issue that they simply need to throw money, time, and focus on.
I wish it were that simple.
It isn’t. It’s really a manifestation of the overall culture of your workplace. That should be where you should be focusing on.
If you were able to see it in that context, you would note that a lot of cultures actually base on geographic space. If you were to only design around corporate and group objectives, with maximizing productivity and state of flow top of mind, you would get better results.
Unfortunately, few people think this way. They think of productivity as really something that happens after they’ve put in all the inputs. They think that it’s something that takes place after all the heavy-lifting is done.
In other words, they treat is as an afterthought. They look at it as some sort of necessary detail that happens at the end.
This really is too bad because if you were to design you whole interior space and your management program based solely on boosting productivity from day one, you would get better results. Most importantly, you would get sustainable results.
This is why it’s really important to engineer your workplace facilities for maximum productivity. Invest in a lot of open space. Invest in the right kind of lighting. Invest in a free flow of air. Invest in the proper acoustics.
A lot of people may think that this is simply just all about making the workplace look good. Sure, at some level or other, using modern architectural design will make the workplace look good, but this goes beyond cosmetics.
This goes beyond the things that you can see. It creates an aura of internal focus that workers can tap into so they can unleash the tremendous productivity that they are capable of.
Please understand that nine time out of ten, when there is an issue with productivity, it is not the employee that’s at fault. It is something else.