Workplace productivity is a key driver in business success. Motivated employees who perform well can speed an organisation into growth and profit – while unproductive and demotivated employees can slow the business down. Enhancing workplace productivity is a key part of strategy for most organisations today – and there are some simple ways that you can improve this in your own organisation.
Objectives and feedback
Goal setting is a crucial part of making sure that everyone in the business is motivated on an individual level. It will also ensure that objectives are aligned and individuals are collectively driving towards the business’ vision. Without goal setting it’s difficult to achieve productivity because employees have no real concept of where they are meant to be going and what is expected of them in terms of achievement. Feedback is the second part of the process, a way of measuring progress towards goals and supplying the motivation to go further. The value of feedback lies in acknowledging successes and failures and using both to improve performance and motivation overall.
Shared standards and ongoing skills development
Shared internal standards give every employee a very clear idea of what the business expects of them in terms of general skills and how tasks should be performed and responsibilities handled. It’s also crucial to provide opportunities to further skills development, particularly where individuals might not currently match up to explicitly defined standards. Training and learning – especially learning delivered via peers and colleagues – have a crucial role to play here.
Detoxify the environment
There are many elements within the average workplace that could be toxic for motivation and productivity. For example, the business may have a poor organisational structure or badly defined career opportunities. Toxic management and a lack of training choices can flat line productivity, as can employees who don’t feel appreciated.
The opportunities offered by gamification
Gamification is designed to bring an element of reward and excitement to the most mundane tasks. It makes use of outcomes such as points, rewards, leader boards or rankings to help motivate employees to be more productive. This brings an element of play into every day activities, whether that is achieving sales targets or producing reports or paperwork on time. The result is very often that productivity levels go up because tasks become more interesting or exciting to complete.
Sensible use of technology
Technology can be a double edged sword when it comes to productivity. The right technology can be hugely motivating – for example, a clear learning strategy supported by a well structured LMS and helps boost productivity by giving employees learning opportunities and ensuring transparency on career progress and goals. However, overloading employees with technology can be problematic for productivity, which is why it pays to stick to a couple of sound choices rather than investing in everything on the market.
Strong communication envelopes employees within the culture, focuses their minds on the business’ objectives and goals and ensures clarity at every turn, from growth periods to leaner times. Companies that foster effective communication retain employees for longer, create productive teams and produce more impressive results.
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