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3 Tips To Reduce Employee Downtime in Your Business

5 Tips to Drastically Reduce Employee Downtime in Your Business

In today’s world, it isn’t always the big companies that win the race. That was the case in the past.

Today, however, it is about speed. The faster you can move the more results you can create in the market. So don’t let your employees get away with downtime when it is not needed.

Use the business techniques and strategies below to ensure everyone is productive as much as possible for better profits and less waste:


Snack Programs

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How many times do your employees get up from their desk to grab a coffee or a time-consuming snack, or even spend an hour during lunch to drive somewhere? If you’re like most companies, the answer is a lot. This can be distracting and also a terrible time-wasting activity.

To combat this, you can come up with a snack plan. Even consider offering it for free. In essence, you can offer snacks, so employees aren’t spending lots of time away from their desks grabbing lunch from a vendor outside or a restaurant down the street.

If you have prepared snacks like cheese and other easy to grab items, then it also reduces the amount of time they spend preparing their lunch in the office.


Productive Music

Being productive is made easier with quality music. Certain kinds of music can help employees relax, be excited, or be in a steady groove. Consider pumping this kind of music throughout the office.

Don’t overdo it though. If someone complains, then consider another approach where employees are encouraged to use commonly known “productivity” music.

Services like Pandora or Spotify allow users to “seed” stations with genres, artists, or songs, and the station will play similar songs for hours.


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Daily Pep Talk

If you have hoorah meetings once every day, you can focus your team. Talk about your goals for the day and make it clear that any downtime should be used toward these aims.

This reduces the amount of time wasted and helps get everyone on the same page.

After all, you aren’t paying them to browse social media; you’re paying your employees to get results for your business which is what they should be doing.


If you want to run a profitable business, then you must master the art of efficient work days for all of your team members. Having the business features above can help you cut out downtime and improve the results you’re getting on a daily basis.

So put one or two into place today and sit back while your business runs more smoothly than ever before.

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Bryan McNeil-Walker

Bryan "Don Suave '" McNeil-Walker is a marketing strategist and music producer. Through his digital marketing agency Alavon365, Bryan has generated over a million dollars in revenue for his small business clients. Coming from a musical family, (his father was lead saxophone player for Rock and Roll pioneer Little Richard) Bryan has always had a rare talent for making music. Along his journey he found that artists like him who have a disdain for the music industry have to master marketing as a necessity. His passion has lead to falling in love with marketing and coming up with the S.A.M. Method; a digital marketing framework that any creative entrepreneur or business owner can use to grow their business. Bryan is also co-founder of Uncord Technologies which has built an order ahead app for food trucks.