Small Steps to Increase Employee Productivity

steps-388914_1280Employee success is often a direct reflection of the culture, style and attitude displayed by the management of a business. So matching management styles with employee goals can promote success and employee satisfaction.  It can also help unlock and attain employees’ aspirations.  The best way to achieve success: Continually strive to build trusting relationships between employers and employees.  Developing trust can enable employees to feel empowered in their jobs, take responsibility, and invest effort in their success.  Here are some tips:

  • Talk openly and honestly about business operations.
  • Develop a strong line of communication where open discussion, constructive criticism, and positive reinforcement are highly valued.
  • Be fair, objective and consistent with employee relations and policies.

Not only does building trust and mutual respect improve performance, it can also improve your company’s reputation and worth.  For example, one study determined that treatment of employees directly affected the company’s stock performance and market valuation.  This is a win-win situation.

 Eliminate Productivity Roadblocks

Many times, even the best trained employees cannot perform to expectations.  Obstacles beyond their control limit their capacity to produce.  Stress and frustration develop as a result and productivity plummets even more.  Identifying and removing roadblocks with these strategies can greatly improve performance, employee satisfaction, motivation — and ultimately, productivity.

Show employees the value they bring to your company.  Recognize their contribution and efforts.

Establish procedures to effectively strengthen positive aspects of employee performance and identify areas where further education or training may improve weak performance areas.

Create a culture and work environment where employees are comfortable.  Provide employees with proper equipment and work areas where efficiency is maximized.  Ensure safety procedures are strictly followed.

Clearly communicate expectations.  Failing to do so creates misunderstandings and can result in overlapping responsibilities and failed production.  Make sure employees know all responsibilities directly related to their jobs.

Seven Steps to Stimulate Productivity

  1. Create flexible work assignments so employees can best fit their skills with the desired tasks.
  2. Give employees responsibility in decision making, developing, planning, and completing tasks.  Challenge them to challenge themselves.
  3. Give individual, focused, immediate, and honest attention to positively reinforce employees’ good habits, actions, and successes.  Small compliments go a long way toward making employees feel the importance and success of their work.  Often, a gesture such as a memo, e-mail, or brief comment to an employee can achieve this desired result.
  4. Help employees learn new techniques or develop new approaches to improve areas of weakness.  At the same time, make sure to show them the importance of the work they do.
  5. Promote opportunities to advance employee education, training, or career development.
  6. Help employees feel ownership and pride in their work by giving them freedom and trust.  Be open to suggestions and constructive criticism.  Remember that your way is not always the best, most effective way.
  7. Reduce or remove barriers to productivity such as bad equipment, a poor work environment, lack of training, and inadequate communication with employees.

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