Employee productivity is vital for any business, but only 34% of workers in the US feel engaged at work. When your employees are happy at work, their productivity will inevitably increase and your business with grow. You can make small changes to drastically improve the levels of productivity beginning with these 5 tips.
Improve your company culture
The work environment, company vision, ethics, and goals all make up your company culture. A culture that emphasizes relationship building and rewards teambuilding increase personnel productivity. A culture that focuses on individual success derails productivity. Start by improving your hiring practices by incorporating employees who are a good fit for your organizational culture. Such an employee will energize and motivate current workers.
Offer the right tools
We live in a world of tech, but you’d be surprised that only 44% of employees believe their company provides the right tools. Management tools such as time tracker, marketing tools, and communication tools make their work easier and make it easy to track changes and even predict what is likely to happen in the future. Tools foster efficiency and naturally create an environment that appreciates productivity. Proper tools also foster proper training. This is the true measure of any organization.
Do your managers micromanage the team? Encouraging individuals to take ownership of managing their time, resources, and duties increase productivity. It’s a self-correcting process that encourages self-starting and motivates your employees to operate independently. Workers can prove their work ethic in a way trying to control them can’t. Most people are motivated by their autonomy than financial rewards. Managers have to trust their teams to handle the day-to-day operations and coach them where needed, rather than trying to do it for them.
Giving a project to your employees is not enough. Give a clear statement of the expectations ahead of time, and check in regularly if you are dealing with a big project. You don’t have to set up a meeting for this. An informal call or chat will do just fine. Determine milestones and when you expect them met, then schedule weekly or bi-weekly check-ins. This frees everyone involved in the project to handle their duties without worrying. It also gives your team the freedom to work on the project without constantly being nagged. Celebrate the completion of a project with your team and acknowledge everyone’s contribution.
Use positive reinforcement
Always encourage, motivate, and reward. Give constructive criticism and tell employees when they are doing well. Offer professional incentives such as a free holiday, free coffee among others for employees who go beyond their roles. Clearly indicating the success of one employee to others will cultivate self-fulfillment while motivating others to work harder.
Adopt a goal-oriented mindset by reducing distractions, using time effectively, coupled with tips on this list will bring a tremendous change in your employee’s productivity. Your staff will work at their best when they are motivated and happy to come to work. Create an atmosphere that encourages teamwork, collaboration, and autonomy.