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Every business owner wants her employees to be more productive. More productive employees help the company grow and make it more profitable. So, without wasting any time, let get into our main topic. We will share six tips with you to which can boost productivity at your workplace.
Give them the right tools
The skills your employee possess directly affect the growth of your organization. Similarly, the tools they are equipped with can increase their productivity by helping them use their skills in the right way in less amount of time.
Time and productivity tracking apps
These tools are essential for any organization to have. Your employees only have 8 hours in a day, and they must know where their hours are going. A time tracking app can help them identify where they are putting their time and how much time are they allocating to a certain project or task. For instance, if you own a consultation firm, then obviously some clients pay more, and these are more important. Now, you don’t want your employees to spend more time on less important clients.
Giving you a comprehensive overview of all the time your employees spend, some time-tracking apps allow you to assign tasks to your employees.
Collaboration Tools and Communication Apps
Collaboration tools are great to improve teamwork. Whether your team is working from home or they are in the same workplace, collaboration tools help them to perform tasks that cannot be done solely. Or, maybe you need shared storage. Apps such as Google Drive can help your team access the data at the same time from different screens.
Communication apps also allow your team to increase productivity by allowing your team to communicate more effectively. These apps have separate threads, chat rooms, audio, and video meeting rooms, and more.
Hire people who fit
When you are hiring employees, don’t just hire them based on their functional skills. Foresee how they will fit in culturally in your organization. Every organization has certain core values. These core values must match the employee’s core values.
Train your employees
After you have hired employees, training them is important. Most of the companies don’t train their employees and as a result, see low productivity. Training your employees for different skills, from using a spreadsheet and making better presentations to better time management and public speaking — can affect the productivity rate positively. Decreasing your production cost, they will take less time in completing tasks will be able to better communicate.
The best way you can promote productivity is by encouraging people to take ownership of what they do. They manage both resources and time in their own way. Again, this goes back to recruitment, you need to hire people who take complete ownership of their tasks.
Some of your managers have made micromanagement a habit. They manage every small task, ask employees for frequent updates and keep a close eye on their employee’s time. You need to identify these managers and assess them interpersonally. Instead of micromanaging, they should be engaging more in strategic thinking.
Be clear with communication
No relationship, whether personal or professional, can grow without communication. Your managers should be able to communicate clearly and effectively with all the members of their teams. Their responsibilities, what is expected from them, the reward and recognition they will receive, everything should be communicated clearly.
Don’t ban social media
Social media is used for numerous reasons. Some people want to take a mental break, some are growing their professional network, while some are simply connecting to their friends. And, there is nothing wrong in doing all these as far as they are completing their work. As we discussed earlier, your employees are independent. They know how to do things. By banning social media, you convey that you don’t trust your workers. The young workforce does not want to be controlled. Give them full freedom on what they want to do. In turn, it can boost their productivity.
These were some tips you can practice to boost productivity at your workplace. If you want to do it in a more organized and structured way, you can hire a leadership assessment firm to conduct a growth mindset assessment of your employees. These organizations also provide you with comprehensive strategies to increase workplace productivity.
By Bilal Ahsan
who is a guest author and blogger.