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Getting more productivity from you employees

Any business that doesn’t want to get the best out of their employees doesn’t want to be in business for very long. Increasing productivity may sound like a difficult, nebulous task, but it’s not as hard as you think to create a work environment filled with happy and productive people.

Employees who come to work with a positive mindset are far more likely to contribute to discussion and be engaged in the creation of new solutions and ideas, on top of being more efficient in their job. Employers should consider how implementing the following tips could increase their company’s productivity.

Providing feedback to help them grow

How will your employees know how to improve without guidance? An extremely effective way to keep them engaged in their work is provide meaningful feedback about it. This not only shows that you care about what they’re doing, it lets them know what they’re doing right and what could improve in the future. It’s critical to remain thoughtful and constructive in your criticism, and not be accusatory or wholly negative which can demoralise your workers.

Positive encouragement helps both you and the employee by giving them a sense of certainty about their work and helping them deliver better work to you. Take care to deliver this feedback fairly and as objectively as possible to avoid repercussions from the employee feeling inadequate or upset.

Showing the respect their deserved

Respect is a simple and powerful motivator for employees. While it’s important to only give it where it’s earned to retain its value, treating your employees like people helps them make the commitment to the workplace. Knowing they are respected by an employer helps your employees do better as they’ll strive to maintain that respect.

Developing a great team at all levels

Implementing compulsory training at all levels helps employees learn new skills and firm up their understanding of their existing role. Providing it to everyone from new, entry-level staff all the way up to senior management ensures the company grows together and is able to better meet challenges and new tasks. This is especially important for more junior workers who will require assistance in their personal and professional development.

Setting goals together

People working without a clear goal in mind can often drift or feel unguided. Setting or allowing your employees to set goals for themselves and the company empowers them. It gives them a sense of direction. Get your staff to write down two to three work-related goals for the year. It could be as getting a promotion or setting a personal best on a company metric. Have a discussion about what needs to be done for the employee to meet that goal. Help them to define them so they’re clear and achievable. Everyone finds it rewarding to accomplish a goal before the deadline, so give your employees the chance to feel productive and add this sense of achievement to their day.

Providing face-to-face time for every employee

Today, it’s all too easy to fall into a pattern of only communicating with other people in the office through email, SMS, Facebook, Slack, etc. Going the extra mile to provide face-to-face contact is important. While technology is enabling huge paradigm shifts in the workplace such as international collaboration and telecommuting, sometimes a good one-on-one meeting accomplishes things an email chain couldn’t. Without personal contact between employee and employer, employees can feel adrift in their jobs. That removal from their company identity can potentially lead them to losing sight of their purpose.

Take matters into your own hands. Set an example by walking around your office and checking in person with your team. Show you’re approachable by keeping your door open. Ensure your employees know they can always come to you with questions. If your business is spread across multiple levels or a wide geographic area, make it clear to your managers and senior staff how important it is that they do the rounds in their area.

Adding some flexibility to their work schedules

More and more businesses are acknowledging that the 9am to 5pm shift won’t fit each and every employee. Allowing your employees to dictate their work hours – while still performing to the same high standard, of course – shows that you value their work-life balance and have faith that they’ll get the job done, whatever time they clock on.

Schedules should be discussed between all team members to ensure that employees’ responsibilities to each other are still met. Options such as where and when they work, or the hours in which they are in the office, can all be discussed.

Ensuring your employees are productive and efficient should be a critical concern of any employer. It’s your responsibility to keep them engaged. Consider how these and other ideas can help you and assist your business in becoming more productive.

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