In this digital age, Google is one of the most powerful companies in the world. From its inaugural search engine to tablets and smartphones, Google constantly pioneers new pieces of technology.
The company credits its ability to stay one step ahead of competitors to its employees, a creative bunch with an above-average ability to get things done. But their innate traits aren’t the only thing that makes Googlers uber-productive.
Google’s higher-ups encourage their employees to think outside the box when it comes to their work, and the result has been some unique techniques to boost productivity. Some of them may seem a bit “out there” or even totally counterintuitive, but when they come from a staffer at one of the most revered tech companies in the world, can you really question them?
Here are five productivity tips to steal from Google employees right now.
1. Meditate More
When you work for a major company like Google, you encounter high-stress situations and long days. It can be difficult to maintain your mental health and proper work-life balance. Without both in place, Google employees noticed they weren’t as productive because they felt burned out. So, they started to meditate — one employee even started a course in mindfulness for his colleagues. When you’re stressed, try meditating using an app such as Headspace to help you recharge.
2. Make Time for Make Time
One manager at Google found his employees felt bogged down by the daily grind, and, as a result, they lost creative momentum. To combat this, he championed the concept of Make Time. Make Time is exactly what it sounds like: a designated chunk of time when you focus on being a maker and coming up with creative new ideas. Google encourages employees to take a break from the computer and meetings to schedule some Make Time every week.
3. Collaborate With Coworkers
Most people approach work in one of two ways: Either they look forward to working with their peers, or they avoid any unnecessary interactions at all costs. Which group do you fall into? If you worked for Google, you’d have no choice but to collaborate with co-workers — and you probably wouldn’t mind it. Google extends an open-door policy beyond management to every employee, which allows colleagues to build relationships and share ideas in a way that boosts productivity.
4. Help Streamline Processes
Regardless whether you’re at the top of the corporate ladder or still on your way up, you’ve probably noticed some of the processes you employ at work are a little clunky and waste time. You don’t have to be the boss to make a positive change. Constantly be on the lookout for ways to streamline your daily tasks, and speak up when you have suggestions. Chances are, your assertiveness and ingenuity will pay dividends.
5. Be an Inspiring Leader
If you work under someone who has a genuine passion for the field, you probably feel equally passionate. Conversely, if your manager is apathetic, that attitude is likely contagious, too. So, if you’re in a position of power, work to encourage and inspire those beneath you. Your enthusiasm will help boost their productivity. If you’re not the boss, you can still work to motivate your colleagues by diving into each day with a positive outlook and passion.
Now that you’ve armed yourself with some insider tips, start to work more like a Google employee. Just a few days of meditation or a session or two of Make Time could completely reinvent the way you work.
Originally published at facilethings.com.