Your employees can make or break a company. There really is nothing more valuable to small businesses than its employees. If your employees are happy, their productivity will increase, and that’s exactly what you need to help your business grow. On the other hand, if productivity slows down, then you have got to rethink your human resources strategies.
Making small changes to habits will drastically improve the levels of productivity and office efficiency in your business. This will allow you to get more quality work done in a shorter period of time as well as reduce the amount of time spent on unnecessary tasks.
Here are proven ways on how you can increase productivity in the workplace:
- Promote positive reinforcement. Encourage, motivate and reward. Tell employees they are doing a good job and give constructive criticism. Most importantly, offer personal incentives for doing the job well – could they get a free holiday or a free takeout coffee for performing above and beyond their roles? You should clearly indicate success of one employee to other staff to cultivate a sense of fulfillment to motivate others. When you motivate your employees to work harder and receive rewards in return, they’re more likely to put increased productivity high up on their to-do list.
- Limit social media distractions. Social media can be a huge productivity killer, but it isn’t practical to have a no-phone policy. Instead, try to keep employees focused and engaged while allowing them breathing room. Encourage employees to turn off their mobiles but take regular breaks during which they can be free to check their phones. This will ensure that the time spent at their desk is more productive.
- Keep your employees happy. A stressful workplace will not yield results. Workers that constantly operate under highly stressful conditions are found to be less productive and have higher levels of disengagement and absenteeism … They need to be happy! Showing employees how much the company appreciates, respects and values them on a personal level is gratifying – and often overlooked.
- Create an efficient work schedule. Consider how your business is currently operating, and be open to the potential of changing the way you work. Remember that it’s equally as important to make short-term and long-term lists as it is to prioritize tasks, especially in a small business. Is there a better way that staff members could structure their day to enable them to achieve their daily goals? Provide each member of staff with a plan and encourage each to make a list to ensure he or she completes prioritized jobs on time and stays on task all day, resulting in efficient working.
A common problem for many companies is that they focus too much on the marketing and branding part of their business that they would often neglect their employees. Providing your employees a conducive and comfortable working environment and incentives or bonuses that will serve as a reward for a job well done will help boost their egos and productivity in the long run.