Be more productive at work? Who doesn’t want that! Many of us have had to change our physical work spaces during the pandemic and try new ways to remain productive, engaged and focused. If you have maintained a physical location at a work place, the pandemic has given us other challenges to remain productive work. Getting in and out of our work day utilizing our 8 hour day well, happily and with a bit of joy just makes work a more joyful experience. There is nothing worse than sitting at a desk or standing around in a physical place of work feeling that you are not productive or contributing. If we are going to work, being productive and feeling accomplished just feels that much better!
So how can we do this? How can we create an environment both mentally and physically in our workplace so we are more productive? This very subject has been tackled by so many. There are as many answers, strategies and suggestions as there are types of employment. So which way do we turn? Which strategy do we employ? What insight is best to adopt and manage at work?
I say the easiest one. And I believe we have the answer. This strategy takes a few minutes everyday. No long hours at the gym to get you going, no long hours at the library looking for THE answer to better productivity. Try this three to four minute task and see what happens to your productivity. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding! So lets get started.
Excited, engaged and valued employees are more productive. That is a fact. But how do we get there? Not all jobs are exciting, not all days are engaging. Not all tasks feel full filling or productive but they have to be done. This goes for any position in the workplace. Each of us, from the CEO to customer direct positions find it hard to do all tasks at work. We all need a bit of a boost to remain engaged in every detail we are responsible for.
This is what we know. If we take a few minutes out of our day to give to others, whether it be a customer, a supplier, a stranger, or a fellow colleague, we will ignite happiness within ourselves and the person we choose to give to, or the group of persons. It is this happiness from giving that will set the right tone of value, engagement and excitement we need to fully be present in our jobs, no matter what task lies ahead of us.
Research shows that employees that give receive the following benefits:
But what does giving in the workplace look like? It ranges from compliments on social media to customers, smiling randomly at customers, participating in a group donation program, to sharing treats with colleagues. What we love about giving in the workplace is the flexibility it holds for each workplace. Employees can participate as a team, or one employee can set the example and start their own giving practice. Who ever participates will receive the productivity benefits. Who ever witnesses the act of giving will also receive the benefits. It is that easy.
Our 365give workplace members have shared their giving stories with us. We would love to share some of these stories with you. So read along and see how creative our 365give members are.
A 365give member from Wisconsin shared this story with us. “I decided to take on the 365give Challenge myself in hopes to make my work day easier, more productive and happier. I followed the 365give protocol and wrote down just one week of giving. I sent a client an email thanking them for choosing our store over a host of others. The response was amazing. I did not realize that a short note of thanks could draw such a positive response. Another give complimented a fellow co-worker on an idea they had at a meeting when we walked out of the team meeting. Their smile and thanks was enough to keep me going all day long. Another give at my lunch hour got me outdoors in the parking lot cleaning up garbage. As crazy as this sounds, that give gave me the most pleasure. I knew I was helping the planet but did not realize how great I would feel after. There was not a lot to pick up, but knowing that I took the time to do something for the environment just warmed my heart. I have continued the 365give Challenge for a few weeks now and feel the difference in me and those I work with. Thanks.
365give member from Nigeria – I decided to bring in some of my wife’s home made treats to the office, and the response was overwhelming. People loved the treats, but what resonated with me was that people appreciated the thoughtfulness. I cant afford to do this every day, but I share when I can, and it makes a difference with all my co-workers. Thanks for sharing your ideas on how to make me and my coworkers happier. It truly works.
365give member from London, UK. – I brought up the 365give Challenge at a staff meeting and people were on board right away. Over the next few weeks each co-worker determined their give of the day and we all noticed how much happier we had become. It was fun to share giving ideas, reach out to both co-workers, customers and suppliers with our gives and built a bit of competitiveness within our workplace, a healthy competitiveness. Giving was fun, easy and took just a few minutes out of our day, but created a positive place for us to be. Thank you.
The science of giving will give you more insight as to why productivity increases once you start giving. Try our 365give Challenge to start giving at work and reaps the rewards of this simple action. It truly is as easy as 1, 2, 3 and just might spur more giving in other workplaces once people witness the happiness felt around your workplace. As we ease back into old ways of working, either in an office, a retail store, or restaurant, we need all the help we can get. As we ride the changes we are facing, this is the perfect time to try something new and positive not just for ourselves but for others as well.
This video says it all!
Try the 365give Challenge at work, either as a team or by yourself. Your day will be more productive, but most importantly you will be sharing happiness throughout your workplace and community.