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Improving Productivity in Your Team

Posted by | May 6, 2015 | Productivity, Workplace

Via LinkedIn# 1. Create Accountability

Every employee needs to be aware that he/she is accountable for his/her actions and decisions, and can’t pass responsibility or blame to someone else.

Follow up with employees to foster accountability. It also keeps the employee on track, ensuring there is consistent effort throughout the lifetime of the project

# 2. Manage the work force but avoid micromanagement

Provide management but also trust. Give the freedom to operate in their style and adopt measures which they think are the best to deliver results.

This freedom to act as they deem fit helps to keep them encouraged, motivated and happy in the belief that they are trusted.
Employees need to think for themselves, analyze the consequences of every decision or action to be able to give their best to their jobs. And the employers must make it possible for their workers to do so.

#3. Encourage, motivate, reward and recognize

Determine what the intrinsic motivators are of your employees and foster and environment of motivation. Encouraging employees helps them move forward and do even better, and makes the worker feel happy.

Rewards, and other ways of keeping employees happy makes them feel that their effort is being recognized and that they are needed by the company.
Without recognition, they may soon start looking else where for new jobs.

# 4. Reach out to employees by seeking them out

Every employee loves to feel he has the ears of the management who will recognize him and listen to what he says. Appearing authentic, rather than a larger than life, distant figure, helps to have employees warm up to him and feel happy working for him.

# 5. Demand realistic targets

Employers need to set realistic goals that are within the limits of achievement. While an aggressive employer may want his people to outstretch themselves to achieve farfetched goals, it may also burn them out.

# 6. Foster team work

Team work always helps in increasing workplace productivity since there is more input in the form of more ideas and minds at work. Working alone is not always the happiest situation either, especially in the field. Successful team building and working together is bound to bring out the best out of the employees who may also then compete with each other ensuring the business is the winner.

# 7. Ensure that people enjoy their work

The best performing employee is the happy employee, and the employer has to find ways of making his people happy. Besides working conditions and the work culture implemented, he has to devise ways of making the work seem challenging and interesting rather than mundane and boring.

# 8. Break the monotony and rotate

While employers assign tasks according to an employee’s core competence, even the task they are best at, can make an employee bored and his work seem monotonous.

This monotony can be broken with rotation and giving people new tasks and exposure to other divisions.
This adds their learning and helps them get a holistic view of the business.

# 9. Spend less time on meetings and more on action

The current trend to have more meetings and discussion rather than spending more time working to achieve results, leads to precious productive time loss.

Meetings for reviews and sharing of ideas can be limited and kept short.
Employees should have more time to show results.

# 10. Courses and skill improvement options

Employees are delighted when they can enhance their skills and get additional learning opportunities sponsored by the employer. This helps them learn, feel indebted for the money being spent on them, which also adds to their resume, and are obliged to perform better by applying all the knowledge gained in these courses.

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