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The Key to Improving Employee Productivity

It’s fair to say that virtually any business would love to increase employee productivity. While it may seem a challenge, establishing a happy and productive environment in the workplace is not as difficult as it may appear. Employees who work with an optimistic state of mind will be much more likely to improve their performance and contribute more ideas and solutions to the team. Here are some steps you can take as an employer to help your team stay productive:

  1. Provide feedback whenever possible

Feedback is an extremely effective way to connect with your employees and offer meaningful guidance on how they are tracking in their role. Be sure to remain genuine, but take the time to think of a constructive way to deliver feedback to ensure it encourages the individual to improve without making them feel flat. It is always vital that your staff know their strengths and which areas they could show improvement in. Positive encouragement reinforces what is expected of the individual and helps motivate them to perform at a high level; just make sure you are fair and objective in order to avoid making an employee feel upset or unfulfilled.

  1. Respect

Respect might seem like a simple concept, but it can be an extremely powerful way of motivating an employee. Respecting your employees and offering equal treatment helps establish a positive work environment; in turn, employees will be more likely to work hard knowing they are respected within the workplace and will be recognised for their efforts.

  1. Ongoing training

Training should be compulsory for employees of any level to ensure everyone remains aware of what is expected in the role and how to complete work to the highest standard. This can apply to new recruits right through to upper management, as employees of all ages require continual professional development to ensure they continue to perform to the best of their ability.

  1. Set Goals

Many people work far more productively when they have a set goal to reach. Ask your staff to jot down two or three workplace goals to achieve in the next month, quarter or year—this could be anything from landing a promotion to exceeding their average KPI. Next, ask them what can be done in terms of their daily routine in order to reach these goals. It helps to keep these goals well-defined, as it makes it easier to set realistic deadlines and request any additional resources if need be.

Goal-setting is not only about the journey: it also gives employees a sense of achievement once completed and provides motivation to set higher goals for the future.

  1. Face-to-face interaction

Workplaces are becoming increasingly consumed by digitalism in every aspect, so it’s important that face-to-face contact between you and your employees is still a part of your business. While it’s so easy to communicate via email, text and phone calls, this interaction can replace face-to-face interaction and risk creating a disconnect between employees and your business. Maintaining your status as a leader and seeing your employees in person on a regular basis can help instil a sense of purpose—if you remain approachable, employees will be more likely to come to you with questions or concerns.

If your business involved multiple levels of management, ensure each senior staff member interacts with their department in person in order to keep staff engaged.

  1. Consider personalised work hours

If your business operates in an industry that doesn’t rely on shifts or any other form of structuring time, consider giving your employees more freedom when it comes to their work hours. The 9-5 office culture is not as applicable as it once was, and employees may lose morale if they are forced to work unnecessary hours. Obviously, you still expect your staff to stick to their designated weekly totals and complete all work on time, but giving them the flexibility to suit working hours to their needs can have a significant impact. This approach reinforces that you trust their abilities and value their work-life balance and allows the individual to choose a schedule that works best for them.

 

It’s vital that your employees remain productive and it’s your responsibility to keep everyone engaged. There are numerous ways to improve output in the workplace—taking a few or even all of these steps will help you and your employees perform as efficiently as possible.

 

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