Your employees are your most valuable business asset. If you treat them well, they’ll be hardworking and loyal. Without them, you don’t have a business.
Managers and business owners often wonder how best to improve employee productivity, and for good reason. According to Gallup, companies that can double the number of “engaged employees” obtain 147 percent higher revenue than their competitors. Similarly, Forbes reported that employees who are engaged with their company are 27 percent more likely to achieve “excellent” performance ratings.
So how can you improve productivity in your workplace? In the years I’ve been running Diggity Marketing and my SEO agency, I’ve learned a few lessons on maximizing team productivity. Read on to learn six of my top tips.
1. Give Your Employees the Right Tools
This is a no-brainer. If your employees are not equipped with the right productivity tools, they won’t function as efficiently.
The tools your employees need fall broadly into three categories:
Collaboration and productivity tools Communication tools Time tracking tools
Collaboration and productivity tools help your employees to work together efficiently, whether or not they’re in the same location. They can make teamwork more efficient and projects run smoothly. This category includes task management tools such as MeisterTask, Trello and Asana, as well as tools for creating content together, such as G Suite and MindMeister.
Communication tools help your team to stay in touch with one another, with clients and with external stakeholders. Common examples include email, WhatsApp, and Slack.
Finally, time tracking tools allow you and your employees to keep track of how much time is spent on each task. This will show what could be made more efficient and which employees might have too much on their plate. ZoomShift is one example of a time tracking tool. You can also track project progress and timescales, ensuring everything is on track, with Gantt charts.
MeisterTask Business users can use the Gantt-style Timeline feature to track workload and ensure projects are kept on schedule. Find out more in this blog post.
2. Get Rid of Motivation Killers
Motivation and productivity are closely intertwined. The reason is simple: motivated employees are more productive. Therefore, if you want your employees to be as productive as possible, you need to motivate them and eliminate “motivation killers”.
First, you’ll need to identify your company’s motivation killers. Some of the most common culprits are:
Negative employees who bring everyone down Stress due to overwork or lack of support Lack of career development opportunities Boredom Feeling under-appreciated
Once you’ve identified the problems, you can start putting steps in place to mitigate them. If someone is being very negative and bringing their colleagues down, can you get to the bottom of what’s bothering them and offer support? Can you ensure you appropriately recognize good performance and reward employees who do well?
3. Don’t Micromanage
The temptation to micromanage can be overwhelming. After all, no-one knows your business and your vision better than you! Here’s the catch: micromanaging negatively affects productivity. It stresses people out and makes them feel like you don’t trust them. Micromanaging also has the potential to slow things down — it is tough for your employees to be efficient if you have to double-check everything they do.
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