Americans spend an average of 8 hours per day at work. That’s more time than you spend sleeping, or at home with your family! If you’ve noticed the time dragging by, or seem to miss deadlines despite a lack of effort, you may have a productivity problem. This can be caused by morale, equipment or a lack of teamwork. But how do you fix it before your business suffers?
Boosting Employee Productivity
Productivity is the product of the motivations of your employees, and the right tools in place to facilitate their work. A motivated employee creates a positive, work-centric environment, while an unmotivated employee can be destructive and demoralizing. Click To TweetIf you see productivity faltering, consider the following:
1) Don’t Micromanage
In most office settings, the best way to increase productivity is to encourage individuals to take ownership of how they manage their own time and resources. Granting workers freedom over when and how they work improves work ethic in a way that trying to control them cannot. By managing less but emphasizing accountability, employees have an incentive to perform well, even without your watchful eye!
2) Provide The Right Tools
Make sure that the equipment and machines in the office are high quality and in working order! There’s nothing worse than having employees unable to do their jobs because the internet was down, or the printer got jammed. Provide working, up to date equipment, software, and supplies so that your office can run smoothly.
3) Communicate Clearly
Without effective communication, relationships end and businesses fail. Managers who clearly communicate expectations and responsibilities to their employees will be rewarded with a more engaged workforce. Modeling positive, open communication sets a powerful example for team members at every level.
4) Be Flexible
Showing flexibility and a willingness to work with employees on things like scheduling can increase employee satisfaction and in turn, productivity. Employees that feel valued work harder and are generally more creative than employees who feel underappreciated. A big way to convey value is to allow for a flexible schedule or time off for family activities.
5) Set Goals
Setting goals is crucial for tracking productivity, and celebrating when an employee reaches a milestone. Goal setting provides incentives to improve and immediate feedback when the timeline is delayed. Goals also provide motivation, keeping everyone focused and working towards something,
Set Them Up For Success
There’s nothing worse than not knowing what you should be doing. Feeling lost should be the last thing your employees should feel. An employee will be more productive when they understand what’s expected of them and when they’re given the training to perform those tasks.
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