It’s every company’s dream to increase employee productivity. A productive team has the ability to drive employer brand, promote company culture, create happy customers, and drive profits.
However, studies show that a worrying number of non-management employees are disengaged and not working at full productive capacity.
The following are seven strategies to increase employee productivity.
Identify motivation killers
Without identifying the motivation killers, a business manager would find it difficult to increase employee productivity. Look for problematic areas by observing your work environment and internal factors.
Here are some signs of motivation killers:
- Lack of appreciation
- Lack of clear vision
- Toxic characters that suppress positivity by spreading negativity
- Poor leadership, whether in project groupings or departments
- Communication problems between management and workers, and among workers themselves
Once you have identified these signs, take actionable steps to deal with them. For example, you can warn or coach employees who spread negativity. You can also get get in the habit of appreciating employees for their efforts, be it through rewards or word of mouth.
Understand your employees stress levels
You need to think differently when you own or run a company. An employee is a human being too. Under stressful circumstances, an employee will oftentimes react emotionally instead of rationally.
Following are some common symptoms that your employees are working under a stressful environment:
- A tendency to isolate
- A lack of enthusiasm on their faces
- Lack of productivity or sudden decrease in productivity
- A decline in their health condition
- Showing up late or leaving early
- Body language demonstrating boredom or frustration
Increase employee satisfaction with great perks.
Top companies understand the value of on-the-job perks. Tech giants such as Google and Facebook are a good example in this regard. And if these companies think it’s a good idea, you should too.
These companies offer their employees anything from complementary haircuts to nap pods to massage rooms.
And just to show how important this is, a recent survey found that four out five employees would prefer perks over pay rise.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Tesla employees save up to thirty five percent on movie tickets.
- REI gives employees two full days off to do their favorite things outside.
- Burton offers free ski passes.
- Twillo gives employees a monthly stipend to buy books.
- NutraClick subsidizes gym memberships.
- eMarketer gives out business books.
Relax on internet restrictions
Employers, too often, overly restrict the use of the internet. Granted, company-owned computers may be misused. However, the truth is that most tasks can be completed more efficiently even with employees roaming freely on the web.
Also remember that the internet is a knowledge resource.
Social media, for instance, is a great marketing tool. It can also be useful in keeping up to date with competitors’ latest moves.
Give your employees a reason to be more efficient by recognizing them when they do a great job. By making them feel appreciated, you’ll be encouraging them to increase their productivity.
Make sure you take into account their individual needs and preferences when deciding how to reward them. For example, one employee might prefer a private “thank you,” while another might appreciate public recognition.
Here’re a few more incentives you can try:
- Send them a handwritten note.
- Offer them “Lazy Monday Coupons”.
- Take them out for a meal.
- Offer them an additional paid time off (PTO).
Utilise technology efficiently
For long-term growth and increased productivity, leverage on technology. Technology, contrary to popular belief, doesn’t only apply to the areas of data analytics, customer acquisition and retention, and marketing.
You can also boost the performance of your employees by utilizing technology for internal operations as well. To improve the performance of your workers, here are some of the practical steps you can take:
- Utilise software solutions that allow employees to stay organised and perform their projects easily.
- Hold video conferencing to avoid time wastage on meetings that have few agendas.
- Improve communication and efficiency by creating employee portals and team sites through cloud storage.
- Provide computers and internet connectivity to increase mobility and agility.
Create a sense of ownership.
Every employee must be made to take ownership of all issues in their buckets. This will allow them to focus on the most vital elements of their jobs.
Creating a sense of ownership also creates a sense of belonging for each and every team member.
There you have it: seven strategies to increase employee productivity. Take them and apply them today. You and your employees will be happy with the outcome.
About the Author
This article was provided by Derek Dawson, owner of Dawson Property Management. When Derek isn’t spending time managing his amazing team, he spends his time playing golf and hanging out with his family.