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Bright (imagined) ideas to boost productivity

Singapore – Last week, editor Rebecca Lewis mentioned an HR director receiving a book on acronyms when he started a new job. Then yesterday, we ran an article about the possibility of parachutes being given out to employees in high-rise buildings so they can jump out the window in an emergency.

While these things may seem bizarre, you must admit there’s an element of usefulness to them. Not wanting to be left out of the conversation, I’ve come up with a list of things you might want to consider throwing into your employee welcome pack.

Desk flags

The idea is to have three flags – in green, amber and red – on a tiny stand at the edge of every desk. It works a little bit like traffic lights or your Skype status:

Green means I’m free to chat, come on over.
Amber indicates I’m a bit busy, but if it’s important or you have an interesting story, I might have time to talk.
Red pretty much says, “Back off or I will bite you”.

The flags will not only decrease distractions (read: make people more productive), but will also avoid awkward and/or boring conversations.

Sensor-operated name card cases

I can’t be the only one who runs out of name cards in the middle of an event, and then be forced to wait two weeks before a new batch is printed.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a sensor in my name card case which could detect when my cards are running low, send an email on my behalf to admin, and have a new box waiting for me just as I’m giving out the last couple of pieces? I know, you can thank me later.

Chore box

This isn’t something you can physically give a staff member, but you must have had times where you’re full of energy but don’t feel like working. This is where the Chore Box comes in.

Whenever staff need a break, instead of going onto social media sites (let’s face it – that’s never a five-minute activity) they could go over to the box and pick out a chore lucky draw-style, to put that energy to good use.

They don’t have to be big chores – reload paper in the printer, water the plants, replace the water cooler… anything that will take five minutes but make a world of a difference in the long run.

So there you go. If you have anything else you’d like to add, share it with us on Facebook or drop me an email!



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