Every office and workspace in the country have periods of low productivity. But what happens to your business when things don’t get any better, and the problem seems to be becoming permanent? In today’s guide, we’re going to talk you through some of the reasons why your company might be experiencing low productivity – and how to improve things. Let’s get started right away.
First of all, if there are productivity issues in your workplace, it’s time to accept it is down to you as the business owner. Don’t blame lazy workers or disruptive influences, or people taking too much time off ill – they are all your problems, not those of the individual employees. You hire these people, and you teach them how to work. And if you want to start improving things, it is vital that you take responsibility and understand how poor management has got you to this point.
There are countless reasons why your employees might be unhappy. But one thing you can guarantee is that a miserable workforce has less than half the productivity of an engaged, and reliable workforce. Start making your workers feel like they are involved in your successes and that they are part of something important. It will help them develop a mental and emotional attachment, and also helps them keep personal problems at home as much as you can reasonably ask.
Better performance management
Workers who progress and have achievable targets to focus on tend to be much more productive than those who don’t – it’s a simple as that. So, if your employees aren’t as productive as you would like them to be, it might be time to invest a little time in researching better performance management software and techniques. Look into new systems that utilize technology and give you a much wider overview of your employees than you had before. And finally, be honest with your staff – don’t use a carrot and stick to trick them into working harder only to pull their prize from under their feet.
Collaboration not competition
In recent years there have been some business studies that suggest competitive environments don’t’ always lead to productivity gains. It’s easy to see why. After all, wherever there are winners, there tend to be a lot more losers, and setting employees against each other means, they have less time to spend outwitting your real rivals – the market competition. So, think about how your business could operate in a more cooperative and collaborative way. Getting the best out of everybody will always result in better than getting the best out of a few individuals, who may be using the system in place to tweak their performance anyway.
A brighter vision
Finally, ensure your company has an idea that every last employee – from the head of a department to domestic – can understand and buy into. When everyone is sharing the same goals, productivity will skyrocket, as each individual does their best to achieve their part in an organization’s success.
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