3 Tips on How to Increase Productivity at Work
Posted on November 07, 2018 by Danny Leffel
Productive work by employees is something that companies are always seeking to improve. Metrics are calculated, goals are stated, and performance is evaluated in order to determine what can be done to get employees to engage and put out their best efforts.
This can be even more difficult if your workforce is mobile and decentralized. Staff may only spend enough time at a computer to check in, punch in an order, and grab paperwork before they are off again. It’s tougher to get out the important messages that encourage employees to go the distance for the company, as well as making sure management is doing their part. You as the company owner may not be hearing what the employees say they need.
The following are some management tips to help you increase productivity at work.
1. Make Sure Enough Labor is Available to Share the Load
This may seem like it flies in the face of increasing productivity, but it’s actually a key element in getting more work from employees. Many people can handle a heavy workload efficiently, but everyone has a limit on how much they can take. Maxing out your employees’ capabilities is more likely to result in reduced productivity, not more. And when people are being pushed to their physical limits, they’re far more likely to call in sick and impact company output due to absenteeism.
Take a look at your earning goals and ask yourself if adding one or two more bodies to the workforce is feasible. If so, determine the best way to bring extra labor onto the floor and hire sooner rather than later. When the existing labor force knows there’ll be more bodies around to support them, they are far more likely to put in their best effort, not less. Having someone else to help shoulder the load is a morale boost. It also frees up the more seasoned employees, allowing them to focus on tasks that require more experience that a newer person isn’t qualified for, thus increasing the return on labor costs.
2. Improve Communication for a Mobile Workforce
A mobile workforce can often lack cohesion with so many players on the move and little connection to a home base. When employees are on the go, they often don’t prioritize the need to sit down and read emails and memos or check a company website for employee information. They may also miss out on staff meetings because they are on the road. In general, they don’t get as much of the interpersonal interaction with colleagues that can make individuals feel like they are truly part of the team.
Using a communication app like Crew allows staff the ability to regularly check in with management or other employees and to receive alerts from management in a timely fashion. communications apps promote collaboration by providing opportunities for simple, consistent, and convenient feedback and input, creating a cohesive environment for team members, no matter where they are.
3. Identify Micromanagers and Retrain Them
People who because they’re exercising control over all aspects of other employees because they’re exercising control over all aspects of other employees’ jobs. On the surface, their efforts look good because they’re keeping people on their line or assigned area and doing their job at all times. However, over time, employee productivity suffers because employees get tired of someone always on their back to get something done, or telling them to get back to their station the moment a break period ends, or constantly criticizing their performance. Eventually, employees stop caring because nothing they do seems to be good enough for a micromanager, and their work output suffers.
Managers are responsible for the output of employees, but they should not treat the employees like children who can’t be trusted. In a decentralized environment, micromanagers may have free rein to over-supervise employees, without having much supervision themselves. Employee morale is further decreased in such situations if the staff does not have an opportunity to connect with senior management to voice their concerns.
Identify a micromanager and have them go through a retraining process to give them the opportunity to reform and improve by making use of strategies such as an open door policy, and learning to delegate tasks. You’ll find that once this step is taken, the employees increase their performance because the problem has been addressed and there’s a sense that company management is interested in solving problems instead of ignoring them.
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