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Increasing the Productivity of Your Employees

If you’re running a business, you’re almost guaranteed to be looking for your employees to be as productive as they can possibly be. Although creating a productive and happy workplace might seem like a difficult task, it’s really not as hard as you may imagine. Any employee that comes to work with a positive mind-set will be much more inclined to provide their services as well as they possibly can, in a much more efficient and effective manner. So, to get the most out of your employees, take the following six pointers on board and implement them into your day-to-day:

  1. Provide ample feedback

It’s imperative that your employees are kept up to date with how they’re going in their job. Giving them regular positive feedback will keep them well engaged, and allows them to take more pride in what they do. Of course, this can also include suggestions for improvements, but you need to keep it constructive. Without feedback, they will have no idea how they’re tracking, and therefore aren’t given the chance to improve if they’re falling short in one aspect of their job description.

  1. R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Such a simple thing to implement, yet so very effective. While it’s important to note that it should only be given after it’s been earned, treating your employees with the respect they deserve and treating them as equals will increase the drive and commitment they have to work hard for your company. Once an individual understands that they’re well respected in their job, they’ll push themselves hard to keep said respect.

  1. Ongoing training

This is important not just for upper management, but all of your staff. Continuous support through regular comprehensive training sessions means your employees remain up to date with what is expected of them. It also provides them with the right tools to develop both professionally and personally, preparing them for internal career progression.

  1. Have them set goals

When there’s a goal set or challenge put down, people will usually go above and beyond to achieve it. Ask all of your staff members to write down three goals (related to their work) to achieve throughout the year. When they’ve done this, either sit down with them yourself or, if you’re short of time, have their senior managers meet with them and put an action plan together to reach them. Their goals need to be clearly defined and have deadlines that are achievable so you can work with them to provide any resources or assistance they may require on their way. When they reach these goals, it gives them a real sense of accomplishment and will really engage them to work even harder moving forward.

  1. Chat in person

Surrounded by so much technology, more often than not we’re communicating solely through devices. Whether it’s sending an email, chatting on Skype and the endless supply of other online communication methods, talking to one another in person is becoming rarer by the day. Don’t make the mistake of being unseen around the office – your staff may end up losing the direction they require in your absence. Instead, every now and then, make your way around the office to each team and have a face-to-face discussion with them to ask how everything is going. This gives their eyes a break from the screen and improves your rapport with them at the same time. Also, maintain a high level of approachability, so they always feel welcome to come up when they see you and ask any questions they may have.

  1. Keep the work schedule as flexible as possible

Give your staff the power to be able to work out their own hours dedicated at your office. The standard 9-5 hours simply aren’t applicable to a lot of people these days, so let your employees choose when they would like to be in the office getting their work done. Of course, you’ll still require them to complete their full hours each week, but chaining them to their work stations at set-in-stone times might not be the way to go about it. Allowing them to put together a schedule that promotes a good work-life balance that suits them well will really promote their loyalty to working as hard as they can when they’re in the office. You’re building up mutual trust and keeping them dedicated to both you and their jobs.

The productivity level of your employees is a very important aspect of how your business operates as a whole. As their leader, you need to take responsibility to ensure they’re fully motivated and engaged. In addition to the above tips, there are many others you can utilise, but if you implement what we’ve provided (even just a few of them) you’re bound to see some fantastic results across the board.


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