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Tips to Improve Employee Productivity

by Jasmin Cook | Jun 13, 2017

There’s no doubt improving employee productivity is good for business. But the means by which we can achieve it not only improves our business, but the health and mindset of our employees, and the bond of our workplace community. Here are some tips for improving employee productivity:

“I think, team first. It allows me to succeed, it allows my team to succeed” – LeBron James

Being able to work as a team is essential to boosting productivity. However in building teamwork, it is important to understand your employees are individuals. They have strengths and weaknesses. Different family backgrounds. Allow opportunities to get to know your employees, and for your employees to get to know each other. Employees who feel supported and understood by those around them tend to be happier and work together more cohesively. Remember, we arguably spend more time with our co-workers than friends and family, that’s far too long to remain strangers.

“As long as I'm having fun, I'm not quitting.” – Sue Johanson

Google is famous for all the fun facilities enjoyed by its employees. While it’s not necessary to go to such an extent, simple morale boosters can do wonders for employee productivity. Celebrate birthdays or office milestones, enjoy the occasional office party. Allow your employees to have fun, bond, and know their well-being is cared about. Even allowing simple ‘brain breaks’ by letting employees quickly check their Facebook etc, has been shown to bolster their performance. Happy employees are productive employees. Look at how successful Google is. 

 “It’s all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you’re properly trained.” – Queen Elizabeth II

Proper training is crucial to employee productivity. Employees who feel properly trained tend to be more productive and less inclined to procrastinating. Remember to touch base to pick up anything you may have missed. Employees often feel like they are burdening their bosses by asking questions. This sometimes leads to them going it alone and making mistakes. Make it clear you are accessible. Work with employees to set goals and set up a system to consistently track their progress. Be thoughtful with feedback. Always recognize achievement. An employee will be motivated if they feel their contribution is making a difference. 

Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together”. - James Cash Penney

Working towards a goal is a powerful motivator for employees. Sit down with employees and find out what they would like to achieve through their work. This will help set goals and motivate employees to reach them. Think about the long run and provide opportunities for up-skilling and career growth. A good employee should grow with your business and vice versa.

“If you just focus on the smallest details, you never get the big picture right.” – Leroy Hood

While it is important to keep track of how employees are progressing, micro-managing is detrimental to an employee’s self-confidence. This hampers not only their productivity, but also your own. Take a step back and allow employees to do their work, step in and provide guidance only when necessary. Also allow employees to see the big picture. Be upfront with what you hope the company to achieve, allow them to see how their contribution can make this happen. This will not only make them feel valued but included in the business.

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing” – Albert Schweitzer

The best way to improve employee productivity is to lead by example. Employees not only look to upper management for guidance but they take note of their work ethic. Increasing your own productivity can inspire others to work to the same standard. Be a role model for the change you want to see in your team. 

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