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The Ultimate Guide to Improve Employees Productivity

The Ultimate Guide to Improve Employees Productivity

Productivity is the way we know how well the gears of a business are turning. When a business is productive, it means that things are getting done. In turn, productivity can be looked at in a more granular fashion. Department productivity tells us how well a specific department is doing. Drilling down further, employee productivity tells us how well an employee is doing. In order to have a productive business, you must first have productive employees.

Increasing employee productivity and employee performance can be a difficult task. Keeping that in mind, we’ve gathered all you need to know on how to encourage employee productivity!

Here’s What We’ll Cover:

Defining Employee Productivity

Why Productivity Matters

Ways to Improve Productivity

Key Takeaways

Defining Employee Productivity

Employee productivity can be defined as how much work is produced by an employee over a measured period of time. Depending on the position, the amount of work can vary. Additionally, the work that’s being measured may be different from employee to employee. While that may be true, the methods of fostering high productivity remain the same.

Why Productivity Matters

Productivity isn’t just a measure of how much work an employee gets done. It can also be used as a measure of employee engagement. Engaged employees are motivated employees. If you have disengaged employees, it means that they aren’t productive. An employee’s disengagement cannot be entirely put on the employee, though. Business owners and managers have a responsibility to make sure that the work is engaging. They are also responsible for each employee understanding their role.

Ways to Improve Productivity

Now that you know what productivity is and why it is important, it’s time to learn ways to improve it.

Goal Setting

Setting goals is one of the easiest ways to help employees improve their productivity. This can be achieved through team goals or individual goals. They’re used for development or as reminders for meeting deadlines. Regardless of which you decide to implement, it is important to take time into account. Long-term and short-term goals should be set.

Short-term goals should be daily or weekly tasks. These are typically the day-to-day job functions that an employee is responsible for. Goals should be measurable and attainable. If they’re not able to be attained, employees could become disengaged.

Long-term goals should be monthly or yearly goals. These are meant for overall employee improvement. They can be professional or personal in nature. Often, they can be assigned as learning goals. For ambitious employees, these can also be goals related to their position in the company.

Time Management Skills

Effective time management skills translate to higher productivity. With much of the workforce going remote in the last year, focusing on time management skills can improve productivity. With remote work came flexible work schedules, as well. Knowing how to manage time at home and under flexible working hours leads employees to higher productivity.

Training and Education

An employee’s productivity is directly correlated to their amount of training and education. When seeking an improvement in productivity, providing training is a surefire way to achieve it. Training and education can be quick refreshers or in-depth lessons.

To gauge where an employee is when it comes to their training, you can ask them. Employees tend to want to do well in their position. This is because they want to feel valuable. It also means that they have certain job security if they do well. Most employees will tell you where they feel like they need training. You can also review their performance against your company’s key performance indicators (KPIs). This will give you a good idea of what they need to brush up on.

Improving Workplace Conditions

When an employee is comfortable, they tend to do a better job. Employee output in a setting that feels safe is always higher than in a setting that doesn’t. By improving workplace conditions, you decrease workplace stress. Business leaders of large companies have implemented break areas for employees, as well as green areas. These have had a direct correlation on employee performance. Providing a less stressful environment to your employees improves productivity across the board.

Key Takeaways

If you’re looking to improve your employees’ productivity, there are a few easy ways to do so. Encouraging goal setting helps employees with their professional and personal lives. Teaching time management skills and providing training and education strengthens job performance. Reducing workplace stress helps all individuals in any business thrive, as well.


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