Employee Productivity: How to Increase It and What It Means to the Bottom Line
Employee productivity is an important concern for employers because it affects profit levels and staff retention rates. However, it is ultimately a reflection of an organization’s culture and ability to motivate staff. An engaged employee understands and commits to a company and its goals. Engaged employees are intrinsically motivated by an organization’s culture, environment, and people, to be efficient and produce quality work. These five methods, when used properly, can help to increase employee productivity and create engaged employees.
1. Hold employees accountable for their work
Employees with clear descriptions of their tasks and who are aware of their deadlines will reduce the amount of time they would otherwise spend on inconsequential tasks. Employers need to set regular performance reviews with the employees in order to hold them accountable for their tasks, measure their progress, and address any questions or concerns they have. This is also the appropriate time to explain how their work ties into company goals and how it affects the big picture. This encourages employees to be actively engaged with the company.
2. Recognize and reward
Recognizing and rewarding the efforts of employees motivates them to continue delivering exceptional work. Being recognized provides employees with personal satisfaction in their work, while rewards provide an additional incentive to reach and exceed their goals. Of course, deciding the best method to motivate employees depends on the employees themselves and the approach they would appreciate more.
3. Create a positive environment
The workplace environment is definitely important in contributing to employee productivity. Creating a positive and open environment encourages employees to proactively seek help when needed. This helps to establish an organizational culture that also encourages communication and camaraderie between employees. This can be done through periodic social activities, or even through collective volunteering efforts within the community.
4. Provide opportunities for growth and learning
It is important to offer courses and/or seminars that will add to the employee’s knowledge. This encourages new ideas, but also shows that the employer is willing to invest in the employee.
5. Provide the most optimal work environment
Nothing discourages employee productivity more than slow or outdated technology. Make sure that employees have updated equipment to use, or ideally, equipment that could improve productivity levels. For example, having wireless headsets available for frequent callers is better than having employees with neck tension caused by having receivers pressed up to their ears.
As the cliché goes, a happy employee is a productive employee. Employees who are happier are more likely to derive personal satisfaction from their jobs and take an active pursuit in meeting the company’s goals.
By Erica Tin