If I said to you one third of your lifetime will be spent in the workplace, how would you react? Naturally, someone would immediately start to reevaluate how he or she was spending his or her free time. As individuals, we all tend to prioritize our necessities in a different manner. Time is something that we as a collective can agree, is a continuous issue that doesn’t seem to dissipate. As you can imagine, time is one of the main commitments we as employees pledge before the start of a new job. So, what are some strategies that employers can utilize to promote time efficiency on and off the job in order to keep employee’s performance and attitude sharp? From experience, the three most effective approaches to increase efficiency and wellbeing are to emphasize a goal oriented, collaborative, and accountable environment.

First and foremost, goal orientation can be a successful tool to engage happiness. Employers can ask employees to reflect on their desires; what is it they would like to accomplish on and off the job. Something as easy as highlighting monthly goals can motivate employees to not only work to their full potential, but to also utilize their free time to a greater purpose.

Structuring a collaborative and team-oriented atmosphere can be a mechanism to applaud individual performance, delegate tasks, and rapidly grow employee’s capabilities. One thing we don’t necessarily identify when we analyze collaboration and team-like environments is the implementation of accountability in these performance teams. By executing accountability in teams, we support a predominant function of a workforce, performance evaluation. The sustainability of these elements is integral, for in many cases an individual’s behavior may derive from these implementations.