Employee productivity can take a hit when employees are overwhelmed by their workload and feel that their needs are being neglected. When your people start to believe they are being ignored by their leadership, this can lead them to become dissatisfied with and disengaged from their work experience.
To prevent this worst-case scenario from happening, HR leaders must find ways to motivate their people to produce their best work into every task and project on their plate and to be a contributing member of your dream team.
Here are 6 effective hacks for boosting employee productivity.
1. Inspire work with a sense of purpose
Transparency invites participation. An effective way to increase company-wide productivity is to help your employees understand what they’re working toward. Share your company’s goals and progress with your team on a regular basis and discuss how their contributions are supporting your company’s grand vision. Additionally, leaders can create an open space for their people to voice their opinions and ideas. Feeling heard will not only push employees to be more productive in their day-to-day tasks but will also add a sense of meaning and value to their work by knowing they’re a part of something greater.
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2. Recognize great performance
Recognition increases commitment. When employers praise the accomplishments and achievements of their employees through gestures of appreciation, their employees will feel validated in their hard work and encouraged to continue putting their best efforts forward. Get into the practice of offering positive reinforcements when you see good work being done — your acknowledgment helps your people feel considered as an essential part of a team, and as a result, they will be more likely to go above and beyond the expectations set for them.
3. Have more efficient meetings
Meetings can cut into your people’s work days, leaving them scrambling to complete their tasks during the hours left after the hours taken. In order to maximize your employees’ productive time, evaluate your company’s meeting schedule. Determine which meetings are necessary to hold and consider changes to existing meetings that make effective sense – whether it’s reducing the frequency or switching from in-person meetings to progress updates via email. As well, try switching up the surroundings and getting your people outside of the office for off-site meetings. Walk and talk meetings where you can incorporate work and fitness can fulfill both employee productivity and employee wellness.
4. Embrace technology in your workflow
Enable your workforce to work smarter by equipping them with tools and applications to help them optimize their performance. Use technology to help streamline, organize, and optimize tasks (with project management apps like Trello) and to assist with administrative tasks (such as using an HRIS software). Helping your people conserve and make the best use of their precious resources will only serve to help them spend less time on mundane tasks and more time on projects that will drive them (and your business) to success.
5. Encourage workplace connections
Your people need good workplace relationships to feel connected to and satisfied with work. According to an infographic by Robert Half, employees who have established a sense of camaraderie with their co-workers are 2.5 times more likely to be happy on the job than those who do not. Encourage work friendships and provide opportunities for employees to develop connections with their colleagues through team-building activities and other opportunities for social engagement. A solid team begets great collective accomplishments.
6. Be a good leader
Make a difference right from the top. As a leader of your company, walk the talk and present a good example by modeling the values and behaviors you would like your team to exhibit, such as utilizing listening skills when communicating with team members. When employees have trust and confidence in their leadership, they will work hard to perform up to their standards. When it comes to your people, make it feel like you are working for them as opposed to the other way around, as this creates a strong and collaborative team environment.
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