Profits: One Mile Ahead

I’ve done a lot of research for you this week. As a result, I discovered the easiest, most effective method for you to increase your organization’s productivity and profits. It took a lot of work, but the time invested was well worth it.

The solution is surprisingly simple, and you’re really going to like it in spite of one counter-intuitive fact: There are about 2000 steps in the process. But wait! Don’t let that worry you. As I’ll explain in a moment, you’re up to it.

Productivity and profits are inextricably connected. The higher the productivity in an organization, the greater the profits. Simple. But learning how to increase that productivity is like asking Google for the best home remedy for the common cold. The number of answers is… sickening! But before I give you the best route to productivity, let’s look at some of the more – or less – interesting methods “proven” to increase productivity.

“Wearable technology” is one of the coolest, most innovative solutions to the problem. Many say that smart watches, smart wristbands and headsets can increase employee productivity by over 8%.

Listening to music is another recommendation. Music helps mask spurious sounds in a busy office such as ringing phones, copiers and conversations. Several studies tout placing plants and aesthetically pleasing objects around the office to increase productivity. Others urge us to utilize light therapy, add more of the color yellow to office surroundings, or to stop watching television. Believe it or not, allowing periodic Facebook access is claimed to give a 9% productivity boost. What! Really?

My personal favorite is to allow a dog to roam around the office. That would be a real distraction to me, but if I’d not finished a project on time, I could at least claim one of my co-workers ate it.

So what is the most effective, easiest method to achieve the greatest productivity and profits? 2000 steps. Yep, that’s it. Studies by the likes of Cornell University support the results of The Draugien Group’s 2014 research in which they utilized an app called DeskTime to uncover the work habits of the most productive employees.

Draugien found that the best of the best work in “sprints” of 52 minutes at a time, then take 17 minutes to get away from their work. This 52/17 work/break split increased productivity by 13%!

In other words, work, then walk.

So what about the 2000 steps, Jeffrey? Where do they come in? Well that’s the easy part, my friend. In 17 minutes, the average person will walk about one mile. And one mile takes that person about 2000 steps. Therefore, increased profits are as easy as walking 2000 steps.

Work 52, walk 17.

For greater productivity and profits, these 52 minutes of work must be focused work. The 17 minute walk should be relaxing. And that’s all there is to it! Now all you have to do is tell your employees to watch the clock, and clock their walk.


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