Are you getting the most out of your employees that you possibly can? If not, then there are a few things you can do to improve the work ethic at your company. It’s vital to attack productivity issues head on, although there’s no need to hold a gun to anyone’s head. These tips will help you get more from your staff – and they will get more out of their work, too.
Understand the problem
First of all, it’s important to understand where your productivity issues are coming from. Try doing a productivity audit to see where the blockages and challenges are from your employee’s perspective. Interview them, ask them questions, and talk to them about how they would improve things. You can also collect data on when your most productive times of the day are – and your least productive times. Use all the information you build up to come up with a plan for tackling each situation. I’m going to go through some of the most common issues right now, so let’s take a closer look.
Boost your employee morale, and their productivity levels will shoot up soon after. There are plenty of reasons why morale can drop. Perhaps you expect too much from your staff, and they are straining under the weight of the work they have to complete. Maybe they find their jobs dull, and would rather do something else. You might even have one particular staff member who moans and groans about everything. And, eventually, infects everyone else with their attitude. If you can remove any of these problems, you will find that morale increases – as will employee productivity.
Make it easy
Make it easier for your staff to do their jobs, and they will do them a lot quicker. There’s plenty you can do to get started, in many different areas. Perhaps allowing them to use their own software programs will help. Maybe if you put up office shelving and organize your filing system better, they will spend less time looking for things. And, of course, more time working! Try and find out what would make their lives easier at work, and you will find that they start to sail through their tasks.
Set achievable goals
If your staff members are just filling in spreadsheets with no idea of the bigger picture, what is their motivation? But, if you tell them why it’s significant and involve them, they will respond in a much more productive way. Expectations and goals are critical to any business that wants higher productivity levels. Break up enormous tasks into smaller, achievable chunks. Have regular updates to see how things are going. If you give your staff shorter, quick tasks, they will do their jobs quicker – and more accurately. You will also find they suffer less from distractions.
OK, so that’s all from me about employee productivity. It’s important to remember that as a boss, it’s your responsibility to make your employees be as productive as possible. Whether you need to hire better people, or improve your systems, it doesn’t matter. The bottom line is – your company productivity is all on you.