In the last decade, increasing employee productivity has been the heart of organisational success. Companies are focusing on creating an environment that encourages employee engagement, motivation and satisfaction. This can be done by providing a supportive work culture, regular feedback, offering rewards and recognition, and providing training and development opportunities. This is why we have put together some tips for creating an inspiring work environment that fuels employee productivity.
Put an end to meaningless meetings
A major obstacle to employee productivity is the amount of time spent in meetings. Yet, we persist in scheduling multiple meetings, attending them, and eventually complaining about them. Meetings can be a necessary evil in some cases, but often times they can become long and drawn out. This can be due to a lack of preparation, a lack of focus, or too many people talking. This can lead to decreased productivity, as the meeting takes up valuable time that could be spent on more productive tasks.
Get feedback from your employees
In order for employees to be productive, it is not only important to give them feedback, but also to receive it. Make sure your workplace encourages employees to share their insights about their working environment, whether that is a suggestion for a new policy that will save time or anything small that makes them uncomfortable. It is important that you remain open to potential threats to morale in order to prevent them from becoming a problem. During this process, you'll probably come up with new ideas for increasing productivity in practical ways, such as recommending a new productivity analytics tool, implementing a new company policy, or changing the way projects are managed. However, not all changes will be well received by employees and some may even result in a decrease in morale. It's important to consult with employees before making changes and to be prepared to listen to feedback, even if it's negative.
Encourage flexible working hours and time off
It is important that more companies embrace agile working practices as flexible working patterns become more popular. Having a more structured work/life balance increases employee wellbeing by giving them flexibility in when, where, and how they work. You can empower your team to manage their own time, take ownership of projects, and work according to their strengths by creating an agile workplace. Providing your employees with time off will ultimately increase the productivity of your entire workforce. People who work hours and hours without taking a break will be unable to concentrate or produce quality work. This is similar to a car's engine that needs regular maintenance, if it is not serviced then it will end up breaking down and not working as efficiently. In the same way, if employees are not given regular breaks to recharge and rest, their performance will suffer.
Set both team and individual goals
Using team goals as motivation, such as setting a cumulative sales target or reducing customer churn, can motivate employees. By doing this, you're fostering team spirit and bonding between your employees, as well as complementing their strengths and weaknesses.
Many individuals, however, prefer to set individual goals as a means of motivation, creating goal plans that are customized to meet the needs and strengths of individuals. Each individual will benefit from this method, and you will have greater flexibility in working with your team as a result.
Invest in employee training
It's crucial that your employees receive the right training to ensure that they are prepared for their jobs and for them to be ready for the next step in their career. Additionally, training will keep your employees motivated to achieve their next career goal and thus, work harder. Training gives employees a sense of direction and helps them develop their skills and knowledge. This in turn can boost their confidence and make them more productive, which is beneficial for both the employees and the organisation. Additionally, providing training can help to retain top talent, as it shows employees that the organisation is invested in their success.
Make sure you avoid micromanagement
By avoiding micromanagement, you can increase productivity at the workplace in a manageable and effective manner. Productivity levels tend to increase automatically when employees are encouraged to take control of their time and resources.
Micromanagement of employees hinders their productivity. In order to get the most out of employees' efforts, it's crucial to observe their work and offer guidance or corrections when necessary. It should be noted, however, that the time required to explain every aspect of the task to employees sometimes undermines the time spent on actual production. In other words, it’s better to let your employees figure it out on their own - they’ll make mistakes, but at least they will learn from them with your guidance.