Employers: How to Increase Employee Productivity in the Workplace

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Employers value employees who’re focused, detailed-oriented, productive, and complete their tasks in a timely manner. But not all employers are blessed with such employees.

Do they even exist?

We certainly hope so.

Even the best employees have days where they feel unmotivated and disengaged with work.

Businesses can’t afford to overlook on employee productivity in the workplace. Increasing employee productivity should be a top priority of any business. Employee productivity levels paramount to achieving business goals and contribute to profit and growth in the business.

The more productive employees are, the more advantageous it is for your business.

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We can’t guarantee employees are 100% productive throughout the day. However, we can ensure employee productivity in the workplace is alive when we implement these practical approaches (excluding promotions and monetary reward):

1) Flexible Working Hours or Work-from-home Arrangements

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The standard 9 to 6 jobs may shape a business cornerstone but incorporating flexible working hours or work-from-home arrangements is an approach that both employees and employers may be willing to accept.

And why is that?

Some people work in better conditions at 10AM or 11AM, rather than 830AM or 9AM, or vice versa. When you introduce flexible working hours, employees can ensure they’re well-prepared and relaxed when they come to work. How many times have you battled against your sleepiness in the morning? If you’re always rushing to work in the mornings (like me), having flexible working hours allows you to clear your mind, run your errands, and come to work in a prepared state. This in turn leads to increase employee productivity and satisfaction.

Whereas working from home is an excellent opportunity for new mothers and fathers who need to tend to their children while working at the same time. It can also be an excellent way to retain employees – especially millennials who’re looking for open office spaces – and what’s better than home sweet home?

It’s understandable that employers may not trust employees to be 100% responsible and committed when working at home. However, with communication and teamwork tools such as Slack or HipChat and project management tools such as Trello, Teamwork, Hiver, or ActiveCollab, the instant communication, collaboration, and accessibility to tasks are immediate and straightforward. 

If you don’t know how to start – start small. Test it out for 1 day on a weekly basis or consider putting it on trial run. Since employees now have more control of their working environment, they’ve no excuses to not be at their best state.

2) Emotionally and Mentally Challenged at Work

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Employees who excel at their jobs most of the time – are emotionally and mentally challenged at work.

We want to be assigned tasks that path a way to develop our potential and skillset. When employees feel that what they do contributes to the company, this greatly increase job satisfaction and employee productivity.

They’re aware that there’s an opportunity for growth under the wings of the company they’re currently working for. And they want to continue that way.

Therefore, they feel the need to constantly improve themselves so that they can make contributions again, but this time and each time, they get better. When employees are getting better at their jobs, everyone around them – including their co-workers and bosses can also get better.

When employers ensure employees are challenged at work, they’re doing themselves a huge favour because they find out who their valuable employees are.

3) Receiving Work Recognition Deservingly

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Why’re you saving on those compliments?

Employers, take note.

Employees do quit their jobs due to lack of work recognition.

Do you want to be at a place 40 hours a week where you don’t feel respected and valued for what you do? No.

What’re you implying to employees when you recognise a job well done? You appreciate them.

It’s a simple way to thank your employees. To let them know you’re aware of their efforts and you do care, matters deeply in ensuring employee productivity in the workplace.

It has been proven that when employees receive work recognition deservingly, they tend to be more loyal towards the company. Why wouldn’t they when they have employers who believe in them?

4) Training and Development Courses

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What’re other ways that signal you value your employees? Nurture them by sending them to training and development courses as part of their career progression.

Staff training is necessary so that your business can succeed.

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These days, it’s not about going to work and receiving a paycheque. Employees are looking to learn and upgrade new skills. Business have nothing to lose and so much to gain when they offer employees development opportunities.

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It tells them you value their presence and want to be involved in their professional development. And this is a strong way to increase job satisfaction levels and instill employee productivity, which reduces turnover rate.

As the industry changes, businesses need to ensure they’re ahead of their competitors. With training provided, employees are updated on industry trends while gaining knowledge and learning new skills.

5) Consistent Feedback from Management

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Feedback is imperative when it comes to employee productivity. People can’t read minds. They’re bad at it – we aren’t born with that ability. We need reassurance. We need to know what our employers feel and think about our actions at work. We need feedback to improve.

Feedback builds relationships. It provides communication, direction, and purpose at work. And that’s what both employees and businesses need. Relationships within an enterprise reflect the identity, product, and service of a brand.

When consistent feedback from management is given to employees, employees are encouraged and motivated to excel at their job responsibilities. Feedback isn’t positive all the time, which is why it’s important that employees are exposed to useful criticism that pushes them to do better.

6) Establishing Good and Friendly Relationships

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No employee wants to work for a boss who’s grumpy, disrespectful, and causes employees to feel emotionally drained.

A boss can still establish good and friendly relationships with his employees while keeping things professional. This includes providing support when employees are faced with personal or work issues that’re within your means.

Having good relationships with your employees boost employee productivity and morale. It leads to a strong and successful enterprise.

Good relationships are difficult to formed and has its challenges. However, strong relationships have proven to allow employees to be more productive and efficient in their work as it creates a pleasant and less stressful context to work in.

A strong employment relations starts with communication and motivating employees.

7) Company Social Activities and Outings

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Whether it’s a company lunch or an outing – company social activities and outings improves peer and management relationships.

They act as great interaction and social bonding opportunities. They unite people. And that’s what increases employee productivity. When people are required to communicate, and demonstrate teamwork socially, it brings them closer and boosts the relationship.

When handling company projects, they’re motivated to collaborate better and accomplish great results. When the company does things together out of the office, people get to know one another. This is great if you have a large team.

Remarkable things happen beyond the office space. Try it!

8) Your Employees are Human Too

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What do we mean by this?

You have a life. The same goes for your employees. They may work for you, but they’re human too – not money making machines.

Tying employee productivity to compensation may give you productivity in the workplace –temporarily. But they will never make your employees stay. If you’re looking for dedicated employees, it’s time to work with them to create a sense of accomplishment and purpose in the work they do. Employee engagement is key. Take the initiative to get to know your employees, including respecting and appreciating them.

Monetary rewards are great, but who doesn’t want an employer who genuinely appreciates and cares for his employees? Employers have the ability and are usually the reason whether employees are productivity in the workplace.

After all, employees spend most of their time at work and want to feel they’re part of a close-knit team.

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