Interruptions at work can be incredibly frustrating, distracting and obviously have a negative impact on employee productivity. This ultimately has an effect on the frequency and quality of employee output, which in turn can negatively impact the firm’s bottom line and its relationships with stakeholders.
Obviously, reducing workplace interruptions is something at all office managers should be actively trying to achieve. While their management style and manner in which the firm operates will have a large impact on the frequency and severity of workplace interruptions, managers can also invest in workplace productivity solutions like the increasingly popular busylight.
What is it? It’s an advanced LED indictor system that is synchronised with your desks’ phone system and/or computer that displayed a certain colour when you’re busy in a call or on an important task.
This means that when co-workers approach your desk to ask you something, they will be able to easily see (at the speed of light) whether or not you’re engaged in something you can’t be distracted from. It’s a simple, subtle way to maximise productivity in the work place and is sure to be adored by your employees once it’s up and running.
Let’s take a closer look at how the busylight enhances your workplace productivity.
Greatly reduces workplace interruptions
The most obvious utility of the busylight system is that it greatly reduces if not eliminates interruptions in the workplace. This is because at all times, no matter what you’re doing, you and your employees will be able to easily see who is busy and who is free to chat.
So, when you’re on an important phone call with a new prospect or a concerned client you won’t have to check over your shoulder to see if someone is bumbling over to interrupt you. This greatly reduces the chance of the person you’re speaking to getting offended that you’ve been distracted by something else.
Obviously, ensuring that you don’t queer any phone conversations you have with clients and prospects is a major reason to invest in a busylight system for your office. This is especially true if you operate a call centre where the primary means of making money relies on flawless phone conversations that satisfy the end customer.
A bonus of installing a busylight system and eliminating workplace interruptions is that it will enhance the productivity of all your employees. This is because, as mentioned, nobody will need to worry about expecting an interruption and this means they can focus 100% on the task at hand.
Being able to fully dedicate their mental energy to the job they are doing means that you will get better results and performance from your employees. It also means employees are less likely to leave the work they are doing to interrupt a colleague.
Overall, this means the quality of work as well as the speed at which it is produced will be greatly enhanced. This in turn improves your bottom line and makes your business profitable.
Improving employee morale
The sad truth about workplace interruptions is that they also have a negative affect on employee morale as well as productivity. This is because, when an employee is interrupted routinely, they feel as though they didn’t accomplish as much as they could have by the end of each day.
Installing a busylight system means that once these interruptions are eliminated your employee will be able to fully dedicate themselves to their work each and every day. This means that everyone will overall be happier with their jobs and this leads to better results all-round.