If your business is struggling with getting everything done that needs to be completed in a work day, or if you have noticed that your employees aren’t accomplishing their tasks in a timely or efficient manner, it may be time for you to look into how you as their employer can encourage more employee productivity. While motivation for productivity will vary from person to person, there are some basic principles you can follow that will help to cultivate and motivate a larger amount of productivity in most employees. To help you get to this point, here are three ways you can encourage your employees to be more productive at work.
Streamline Your Business Processes
One of the biggest reasons for employees to have a lack of productivity is due to the fact that they feel their task will garner the same results regardless of the time or effort they put into completing the assignment. When this is the sentiment, you may want to consider how streamlining your business processes could improve overall productivity.
According to Ellis Davidson, a contributor to Chron Small Business, a company can improve workflow and productivity by defining the process that needs streamlining, sectioning off each individual task within the larger task, getting input on how to improve these tasks, and then implementing the improvement strategy. One example of this may be to make it easier for your employees to enter your company’s web portal by making access unique and customizable.
Offer More Autonomy
Another reason employees may have a decreased amount of productivity may be as a result of a lack of autonomy in the workplace. This feeling can result in stagnation of your employees, bogging down your business when trends should be going upward. To combat this, Michel Theriault, a contributor to Forbes.com, recommends for owners or managers to give their employees a full scope of their business and where each employees fits with a sphere of influence as well as giving them permission to act in a way that will help the company reach its goals rather than just accomplish specific objectives. Once this company culture is in place, you should see a surge in employee productivity.
Seek For Incremental Changes
While you may feel like making these steps toward more productivity should result in immediate changes, this may not be the case. Having a new frame of mind about the work you’re accomplishing can take time. However, Sandhya Venkatachalam, a contributor to Fortune.com, shares that simply by trying to be 1 percent more efficient in areas of productivity, you can develop habits that will last and create an improved atmosphere of excitement and productivity for your business. These small changes will be easier to make and to continue building upon, so encourage incremental changes rather than major shifts.
Most employees feel better about themselves and their work when they’re accomplishing tasks that are meaningful and beneficial to the business. By helping facilitate a more productive workforce, you will not only have better employees but also a better company. Consider using the tips mentioned above to help you get there.