Regardless of the size of your company or how many employees, you have, creating a productive culture is critical for success. Although, how do you create a productive culture or at the very least a culture where your employees want to strive to be successful?
Creating a productive and motivated team will pay-off in several ways. Firstly, it will have a hugely beneficial impact on the bottom-line. Secondly, it will drive your staff to produce high-quality results and strive for success. However, if you are finding it hard to motivate your staff, here are a few ways to raise their productivity.
The first place to start is to see your employees as more than just a cog. They are people, so take the time to get to know your staff beyond the confines of work.
Take a genuine interest in their lives and what drives them, both personally and professionally. Showing employees that you care for and value them will have a massive impact on their efforts and the results they produce.
You never know, you might discover a hidden skill or attribute that could take the business and their role to the next level.
One of the best ways to improve employee productivity is to provide them with room to grow and develop. By outlining the growth opportunities that are available to your staff, you will be showing them that they are a key member of the business.
There are a number of ways you can provide opportunities for growth. Whether it be additional training courses or programs, mentoring or an increase in responsibilities. Most employees are eager to progress and develop their skills, so harness this desire.
Hopefully, by putting faith in your employees and outlining the room for growth, they will become even productive as they aim to reach those levels.
Be open with them
Communication is the key to any strong and prosperous relationship. Wherever possible keep your staff in the loop, for all things good and bad. Committed and motivated employees will want to know what is happening with the business; what is working, what isn’t and what they can do to help.
If you require them to be honest and open, make sure you walk the talk. Show them how you want them to be open by being an open book to them, especially with issues that directly impact their roles.
Great leaders aren’t just people that lead from the front, they are individuals who have the ability to inspire others to reach heights they didn’t think possible.
As the leader, you need to effectively communicate where the company is going and how it’ll get there. To get the most out of your staff, you will need to inspire them to do better. Invite collaboration, introduce opportunities to work together in overcoming a problem, encourage risk-taking and being bold, and above all else strive for innovation!
Great businesses are lead by inspirational leaders, so strive to inspire your staff to step outside their comfort zone and flourish.
Recognising successful performances by your staff will go a long way toward creating a productive team. Celebrate accomplishments, highlight milestones and don’t dwell on failures.
Schedule regular feedback sessions with your staff. From here you will be able to showcase how the business is performing and show them how their work is contributing to the success of the business.
In order to harness your teams' productivity, create a roadmap that will guide their work. Design goals that will keep them accountable, whether it be towards their overall performance or on a specific project. Ideally, you don’t want to make these goals too hard or too easy, as that can counteract what you are trying to achieve. Setting testing but achievable goals for your team is a great way to boost their productivity.
Like most aspects of business, everything works together, everything is interconnected. Creating a more productive workforce is no different. Boosting productivity amongst your staff won’t be a result of implementing one or two of these strategies. To create the environment you desire, you will need to implement multiple, if not all, of these strategies.