An unproductive workplace means an unprofitable company. Productivity is necessary for any company to scale and dominate its respective industry. Employees who are productive are happy and help companies grow. When employees are not productive, they are not able to accomplish their goals and objectives.
Here are five tips for increasing productivity in the workplace which are sure to pay off:
1. Eliminating useless meetings
Despite having the best intentions, managers may be crippling their employees with meetings. Yes, cooperation and communication are needed for a company to succeed but meetings aren’t always the best way to get things done. Everyone has been in a meeting where time was wasted and nothing was accomplished. In fact, 91 percent of employees report daydreaming. As many as 39 percent have dozed off during a meeting while close to 50 percent of employees say that meetings are the top time waster in their workday.
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How can management solve the problem of useless meetings? It’s simple. Meetings should not be a lecture or a rant. It should be a way for members of teams to brainstorm and decide on a game plan they’ll execute to accomplish their goals and objectives. To keep meetings efficient and not waste valuable time, only invite the people who need to be there. If large data reports need to be shared with the entire company, send the information via email. Remember that meetings aren’t always necessary.
2. Leverage modern technology
It’s tough for employees to feel innovative when they’re using tech that’s 15 years behind the times. In most cases, old tech no longer gets the job done. Companies will be able to increase a greater level of productivity by using modern software solutions that will help them with everything from project management to email marketing.
One way productivity can be greatly increased is by teaching managers how to delegate. It’s true that it can be easier at times for managers to accomplish tasks on their own but they’re hired to manage and make strategic decisions. Learning to delegate will help leadership put an end to micromanagement.
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When managers delegate, they are able to give employees a sense of autonomy which will in turn help employees feel more empowered and involved. Delegating responsibility helps develop trust. Delegation also helps everyone focus on their strengths and individual responsibilities.
4. Reward and recognize
No one wants to put forth their best effort when they won’t be compensated for their hard work. It’s important for company decision makers to know what motivates their employees. If employees are motivated by team dinners when hitting milestones in a project then use team dinners. If employees are motivated by paid leave on a quarterly basis, companies should make it happen. Companies who understand and apply this concept will have positive reviews, like this example of NuSkin company reviews.
5. Organized workflow
A lot of time and money can be saved with a system in place to track employee responsibilities and workloads. Productivity is hampered when managers aren’t aware of what their employees can handle and what each employee is working on. Workflow organization will help all team members be on the same page and operate cohesively.
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