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An efficient workforce makes plenty of sense: one team pulling in the right direction has more chance of success than one that isn’t. So how do you get your employees working as efficiently as possible?

Celebrate together

The team that plays together stays together. Depending on budget, consider organising an annual (or quarterly?) company bash - it could be a corporate away day or a simple night on the tiles. Whichever you choose, such events are a great way to foster comradeship among your team - so they come back to work energised and, yes, efficient. Take a look at this 5-point plan for a successful corporate away day for ideas.

Let people work flexibly

Do we really need to be stuck in the office Monday to Friday, from 9 til 5 or even later? I don’t think we do. Work-life balance is a much-talked-about business theme, and for good reason. Our lives are busy enough as it is - is an 8-hour, office-based day really effective?

Perhaps we’d get more done in a shorter amount of time, away from the office. Take a look at Sweden - employers there have introduced a six-hour working day as part of efforts to increase productivity.

There’s plenty of technology out there. Use it.

There are lots of tools and platforms you can use to speed-up processes and do things quicker without reducing quality. Many are free, too. I’d say Google Docs are pretty much a must: they allow you to create, store, and share documents online. Importantly, they enable real-time collaboration, so your team can work on a project from wherever they are.

360-degree feedback

This feedback process - where good and bad feedback for every member of the team is sought - isn’t preferred by everyone. But it’s open, honest, transparent and, I think, one of the best ways to find out what’s really going on in your organisation. Conduct 360-degree feedback and implement any changes you see fit. There’ll be plenty.

Streamline meetings and calls

Meeting about a meeting? We’ve all been there. If you do a lot of meetings but don’t see any tangible, efficient benefits coming out of them, reduce the number of them. And of the ones you do run, make them short, structured and to-the-point. Say what work you’ve got coming up and then get it done.

By Ofer Yatziv, Better Venues