Staples Advantage offers solutions to improve worker productivity
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 26, 2013--
While nice weather and too many meetings rank high on the list of things
that decrease productivity in the office, more than 70 percent of both
office workers and managers believe that workers are more productive
today than they were five years ago, according to a recent survey from Staples
Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc.
Both office workers and managers agree that the following elements are
essential to a productive work day:
Mobile technology (29 percent office workers / 37 percent managers)
Break times (23 percent office workers / 33 percent managers)
Telecommuting (19 percent office workers / 35 percent managers)
On the other hand, both groups call out the following top two reasons
for decreased productivity in the workplace:
Technology limitations (31 percent office workers / 43 percent
Non-collaborative work environments (25 percent office workers / 33
Companies looking to increase productivity in their offices and overcome
some efficiency hurdles should consider the following solutions:
Collaborative workspaces – Businesses should take steps to
create workspaces where employees can easily communicate and share
ideas for group collaboration. Office furniture
options now go far beyond the traditional chair, desk and cubicle.
Companies should consider designing an open office environment by
including a mix of casual and formal meeting areas to encourage
spontaneous conversation and teamwork.
Breakrooms – Stepping away from work in nearby breakrooms
helps foster productivity by allowing healthy mental breaks, an
opportunity to refuel and casual conversations. To help make a
breakroom inviting and effective, companies should include comfortable
furniture and offer a variety of snacks for workers.
Technology – Companies should equip their employees with the technology
needed to get work done efficiently – from printers and PCs to
products that help enable telecommuting,
such as tablets and remote access VPN’s. Implementing a managed
print services program can also increase productivity by
eliminating the need for workers and in-house IT staff to supply and
maintain printers throughout the office.
“We’re seeing a trend in the right direction with 70 percent of workers
and managers saying they’re more productive now than five years ago,”
said Tom Heisroth, senior vice president for Staples Advantage.
“Providing employees with the right tools and resources is essential to
improving office-wide productivity. At Staples, we make it easy for
businesses to be productive with everything they need including
technology, breakroom supplies, furniture and office products.”
BYOD & Productivity
Office workers and managers also weighed in on how a Bring Your Own
Device (BYOD) policy impacts productivity. Thirty-five percent of
workers and 54 percent of managers believe BYOD policies increase
productivity. With Gartner
predicting that half of employers may impose a mandatory BYOD policy
by 2017, companies should consider effective policies that can grow with
demand. One key requirement for BYOD is a strong security policy, for
which Staples offers the following tips:
Implement a strong password policy on all devices that “times out”
every 15 minutes.
Use data wipe software with the ability to “wipe” the data off a
device if it's lost or stolen.
Avoid saving data to a personal device, only to corporate servers.
Office workers and managers also agreed on a number of other hurdles to
productivity including too many meetings (both 44 percent), nice weather
(27 percent, 26 percent) and office space temperature (40 percent, 38
Staples Advantage offers products and solutions to keep employees
productive. For more information, please visit www.staplesadvantage.com.
About the Survey
Staples conducted an online survey of more than 250 office workers and
250 managers at organizations of all sizes across the U.S. The survey,
conducted in May 2013, asked a series of questions about productivity in
the office, from both the office worker’s and manager’s perspectives.
Staples is the world’s largest office products company and second
largest internet retailer. For 27 years, Staples has served the needs of
business customers and its vision is to provide every product businesses
need to succeed. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery
capabilities, Staples offers office supplies, technology products and
services, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, copy and print
services and a wide range of other product categories. With thousands of
associates worldwide dedicated to making it easy for businesses of all
sizes, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe,
Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The company is headquartered outside
Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.
About Staples Advantage
Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc.
(Nasdaq: SPLS), serves organizations of 20 or more employees up to the
Fortune 1000, including global businesses, local, state and federal
government, healthcare organizations and educational institutions. The
Staples Advantage one source solution includes comprehensive products
and services from office supplies, technology and printing to
promotional products, furniture and facility supplies. Dedicated to
providing organizations with greater cost savings and improved ordering
efficiencies, Staples Advantage provides a customized level of account
support and best-in-class customer service. More information is
available at www.staplesadvantage.com.
Owen Davis, 508-253-8468