Workplace productivity is essential in ensuring that your business works at optimum level, but despite its integral role in the workplace, the task of increasing productivity is often a time-consuming and frustrating job.
The benefits of enhancing workplace productivity are numerous and do not just advantage managers, but everyone within the company. Not only is your business benefited from higher output and efficiency, but staff morale is heightened due to job role satisfaction and improved workplace culture. Research shows that utilising your staff to their maximum potential improves their job satisfaction and enhances motivation levels.
However, despite how critical increasing productivity is to your business, it is not always as easy as it appears. Some factors that affect workplace output are; staff motivation and attitudes, inefficient management and procedures, lack of employee engagement, and workplace organisation.
Studies have shown that businesses with a positive workplace culture and strong leadership are more lucrative and productive than their counterparts. The common misconception is that working your employees harder is the key to improving productivity within the workplace. However, increasing workplace productivity is all about making things work more efficiently as a whole to achieve a higher output. Improving productivity does not mean you have to undertake drastic changes or massive restructuring in your workplace. The following tips will help ensure that you keep it a priority to ensure the continued success of your business.
Set clear goals and expectations for employees
It is pointless to expect a productive workplace if employee expectations are not clear. It is imperative that you communicate both the organisation’s and individual employee goals clearly and openly so that there is no confusion about job roles or company direction. Employee performance goals are more effective when set in measurable terms. This can be any goal with a quantitative value, e.g, sale targets, time dependent or deadline driven, rating systems, or numerical based. Some companies use mission statements, which enables the organisation as a whole to work towards a unified goal with a specific measure of success.
Communication is a key component to increasing workplace productivity. Liaising with each department and individual within the company on a regular basis will help ensure that everyone stays motivated and on track. Meeting with managers, supervisors, and other employees frequently to discuss team and individual performances, motivations, and other work-related issues will benefit everybody in the organisation.
Ongoing training and development
Your employees are the most valuable aspect of your business, therefore it is essential to the success of your company that you invest in them. Training and development not only adds to your organisation, but it motivates your employees with continued growth and individual development. Providing continued workplace training is also proven to enhance employee retention rates.
Rewarding an employee’s achievements and contributions in the workplace plays an integral part in increasing productivity. When your employees feel appreciated, they will be more motivated and in turn increase his/her work performance. Whether it is a monetary or non-monetary reward, any recognition of your employee’s merits will be instrumental in improving productivity.
How can we help?
Our experience in many different businesses, both small and large, enables us to have a unique perspective on enhancing business productivity.We will use our experience to identify the factors affecting your business, provide guidance on different strategies to make the improvements necessary and help you monitor your progress. If you want your business to be more productive, call 07 5536 3755 and talk us about your business.