It’s often been said that people are the most valuable asset of any organisation. Regardless of the size of your organisation and your industry, your business can benefit from improving employee productivity. From conducting an employee engagement survey to improving general work conditions and training opportunities, here are the top strategies to bring your organisation in line with productivity best practice.
- It’s No Just About Pay
- Organisational Vision
- Recognition and Reward
- Provide Career Progression Opportunities
- Casual Fridays
- Leadership Opportunities
- Encourage a Positive and Ethical Culture
- Training Opportunities
- Extra-Work Social Gatherings
- Use Teams
- Be a Supportive Leader
- Know Their Strengths
- Set Goals
- Earn Paid Time Off
- Mentoring Systems
- Zero Tolerance for Bullies
- Improve Work Conditions
- Office environment – space, furniture, air, aesthetics, leisure and rest spaces
- Amenities – coffee machines, vending machines, special needs
- IT system – can exponentially improve work productivity through streamlining work processes
- Listen to Your Employees
- Motivate Positively
- Minimise Distractions
While commensurate pay is important, most people want a degree of intrinsic satisfaction from their work. Pay attention to intrinsic awards.
Give your employees a greater sense of purpose by communicating and involving them in the organisational vision. Link specific targets to the overarching company mission in any meeting, memo, email, or internal document.
Set up effective recognition and reward mechanisms so employee achievements are recognised.
It’s commonly acknowledged that lack of career progression is the number one reason why people leave an organisation. High turnover is costly and creates a negative company culture.
Encourage a change of pace by introducing casual Fridays. This can help alleviate stress levels and break down hierarchical barriers.
Give your employees responsibilities and opportunities to provide leadership and they will have a sense of contribution and accomplishment.
Encouraging a positive and ethical culture in companies enhances a sense of meaning and corporate social responsibility.
Facilitate and provide free professional development seminars and courses and let employees train on the job where possible.
Like Casual Fridays, extra-work social gatherings help break down hierarchical barriers and encourage a positive team and organisational culture.
Temporary or permanent teams are some of the best ways to encourage productivity and help employees motivate each other. They also enhance creativity and achievement by helping direct diverse skills sets into specific tasks or projects, allowing for role switching and provide new challenges for employees.
Provide a supportive managerial style to encourage employees to go outside their comfort zones. Provide occasional one-on-one interviews so employees have a chance to talk to you directly.
Great managers know their employees individual strengths and talents and make use of this knowledge to match projects, teams, and roles. They also ask their employees for advice on different areas of expertise.
Setting clear goals is one of the simplest ways to encourage productivity. Help employees set individual goals then set goals for teams as well as the whole organisation.
A great strategy is allowing employees to earn paid time off for accomplishments. Be flexible about leave and holidays.
Mentoring systems are great for younger or graduate employees and provide training opportunities and support to newcomers.
Bullying and aggressive behaviour can disrupt productivity and damage culture. Show zero tolerance for harassing and bullying acts.
Provide the best work conditions for your employees. Look at the following list to see what you can improve in your business:
An employee satisfaction survey can help you ascertain the current mindset of your employees.
Always be positive in how you motivate your employees and don’t use negative methods like passive-aggressive behaviour, fear-based threats or other forms of punishment.
Give your employees a good degree of autonomy to concentrate on their work and minimise any distractions arising from the physical work environment.