Not a single brilliant business idea would ever come to life without the people to fuel its growth. Beyond the leaders and the innovators, there are the hard-working employees whose own dedication and resilience will greatly affect how a company evolves and thrives over time. That is precisely why so many modern-day leaders put great emphasis on growing employee productivity among their teams. This single factor can have an impact on your entire business. From improving your customer service efforts, all the way to ensuring that your brand message can be conveyed successfully, many of your most vital processes lie in the hands of your loyal employees.
But what happens when your teams feel less eager to give their best? Most businesses are too busy focused on their everyday operations to notice the issue in time or to implement strategies to improve productivity. This is where subpar performance in various sectors occurs, and it’s time to make changes. However, instead of simply mitigating the consequences, as a leader, you need to focus on the cause and treat the root of the problem: the lack of employee productivity. Here are a few ways you can inspire your teams to give their best at all times!
Redesign the office for more productivity
Can you see yourself doing your best work sitting on a painfully uncomfortable chair, in a poorly lit room, and with zero access to fresh air? Most offices still neglect some of these very basic necessities that most employees never really notice are missing, so few will be able to pinpoint precisely what makes them feel so exhausted and agitated.
Make sure that your office is designed to maximize employee productivity through optimal, natural lighting, and with energy-efficient lights, in case you have any late-night work sessions. Add greenery wherever you can, to bring more life to space, and above all, provide ergonomic furniture to give ample support to your employees.
Honor timely paychecks and incentives
Reality check: money does matter when it comes to employee engagement and performance. Everyone will do their best to find a career driven by passion and progress, but the profitability of a position does make a difference. So does your treatment of your employees’ remuneration. How you treat this very basic need of theirs will greatly impact how valued and respected they feel, and ultimately how much effort they will put into the job.
Start by giving each employee a personalized payroll card to cut waiting times and reduce the fees necessary for them to obtain their paychecks. Without delays and other intricacies commonly associated with paper checks, you can rest assured your teams will feel grateful for such a gesture. Use incentives to reward your employees. From monetary ones to those that have a real value, such as offering them a paid fitness program they’re interested in, a spa getaway for landing that deal, or a few theater tickets for devoting an entire year to your business.
Focus on engagement
Studies have shown that only 15% of the global workforce is truly engaged. Simply put, an engaged employee is one emotionally vested in their work, and they do not shy away from devoting energy and time into completing their tasks with passion. Now, engagement affects employee productivity to a great extent, hence the need to start assessing how engaged your teams are and what you can do to help them feel more engaged and valued within your organization.
For starters, make sure you provide purpose-driven tasks and make it clear how they are contributing to your business and to its growth. No employee will feel valued if they perceive their role as just another cog in the intricate machine of your business. But even more importantly, practice transparency. Discuss engagement, acknowledge how your employees feel, ask them what you can do to improve the office morale, and what will make a difference in their professional lives.
Implement smarter recruiting methods
Another method that not only improves productivity in your teams but also engagement levels, which we have established are inextricably connected, involves better recruiting. When a company hires the best people but doesn’t assign the right roles to each person, then it doesn’t really matter if you have hired a veteran genius or a complete rookie with little experience in the field. Match-making in the business world is truly an art form, so you need to make sure that everyone in your organization fits their position.
Other than that, hiring strictly by the old-school rules of sifting through piles of resumes can be not just outdated, but lead to less than optimal hires. Instead, look to social networks, reach out to organizations that specialize in helping businesses hire the right personnel, and focus on diversity instead of experience alone.
Resist the urge to micromanage
How often do you find yourself looking over your employees’ shoulders and giving them directions for the smallest of tasks in their agenda? Although guidance and support are indeed vital components of being a leader, there’s a fine line you might be crossing every day and moving into micromanaging. That act alone is enough to be disruptive for the workplace and the rhythm your teams would naturally build without your constant presence.
Do your best to encourage independence and to inspire teamwork without meddling too often. Make yourself available for questions and advice, but steer clear of too much involvement, otherwise you risk making your teams feel redundant and incompetent, not to mention annoyed. Foster creative, collaboration and autonomy, and your teams will thrive.
Sometimes, employee productivity is the factor that can make or break an entire business. Make sure to help your teams stay productive and engaged through these crucial methods, and you’ll give them and your business a fair chance to succeed.