Productivity is essential to the success of any business. You want to produce as much as you can without compromising on the quality of your work. When you have employees, it’s partly up to them to maintain high rates of productivity. But it’s difficult for them to do that without some help from you. You also need to take steps to make their jobs easier so they can get stuff done. If there are things getting in their way or they aren’t able to perform as well as they could, you can make some changes. Start improving productivity among your staff using these techniques.
Remove Barriers to “Proper” Work
Some employees would love to get their work done but other things are always getting in their way. Everyone has a primary role that they fulfill, and that’s what they want to get on with during the day. However, other things can prevent them from devoting their full attention to these tasks. For example, having to fill out forms or perform admin tasks can be an inconvenience. There might be other ways to get these things done without it interrupting their work. Or perhaps constant problems with your IT system stop your employees from doing their work. Removing these barriers is essential for productivity.
Allow for Different Working Styles
Everyone works in different ways and can be more productive in the right conditions. Some people like to listen to music, while others enjoy total silence. Some people want to discuss their work with others, and some like to be alone. It’s common for people to do their work in short bursts while flicking between social media and the like. Others like to plough through everything and then perhaps go back to check their work. Try not to impose barriers on how people work, unless it’s disturbing others.
Provide Extra Training
Training can almost always increase productivity in the workplace. It can ensure people are doing their jobs more efficiently. You could offer staff training on a range of things that can make them more productive. It could be courses directly relating to their role. For example, you might send your production staff for injection molding training. However, you could also focus on broader skills. Communication workshops can help ensure that everyone can communicate effectively.
Set Goals and Measure Results
Giving your employees something to work toward can help to make them more productive. Your staff should know what you expect of them and how to reach the goals you set for them. Many businesses do this by setting targets; for example, call centers will ask their staff to make a particular number of sales each day. You should also make an effort to measure the progress your staff makes. By recording how they do, you can see how you can improve and whether everyone is going in the right direction.
You have to take the initiative if you want to improve staff productivity. But do it by treating your employees well, not by pushing them too hard.