Most businesses tend to significantly prioritise and monitor its bottom line, where employers are continually looking for ways to trim costs and gain work productivity from resources they already have in place. They frequently look to employees to help in using time and finances wisely. If workers can turn out an improved end product more quickly and more accurately, the bottom line is well served and results in happy customers and management. The employees would also reap the intrinsic satisfaction of having a job well done.
Generally speaking, employers can take advantage of four key areas that are directly in their control in order to boost work productivity and create a positive workplace culture.
Hire and promote the people who can work and are passionate about their work. Look around for proven methods of identifying folks who are ready and willing to contribute, and be prepared to weed out those who interview well but prefer to operate by the bare minimum requirement. The best hires will have the required skills, but also come with a positive approach to work and exhibit willingness to work as a team.
Management should hire in order to let people use their strengths to their fullest as well as to learn new skills. Employees can be allowed to transfer between departments to find their best fit and strength. Cross-training whenever practical and possible will permit management to discover their strengths, job compatibility and new interests such that employees would themselves be excited and passionate over their work and job.
Promote team effort
Employees who collaborate and work together are most often productive employees. Brainstorming, sharing different perspectives and pooling resources can result in better outcomes in lesser time. Leadership can give employees latitude to find the ways they can best work as a team, and ways they do not function together well. There are many online work productivity tools available to enable ongoing contribution to documents and real-time discussion even for remote employees.
Promote healthy communication
Communication that is open, direct and honest can go a long way in raising staff morale and therefore, their willingness to engage in tasks and collaboration. Management needs to model good communication and offer training on healthy communication. When employees see leadership being held accountable for good communication, they will be more willing to emulate and to speak up themselves.
In addition to modelling it, leadership may need to offer communication training and ensure that all staff is responsible in sending and receiving clear communication. It is important to provide risk-free opportunities for staff to offer input and to relate to decisions in areas that affect them directly, be it their tasks or the organization overall. An employee input or feedback system can be implemented where their good suggestions are implemented. When employees see that their ideas are being taken seriously, they will be more willing to take ownership in the organization and desire to make it better.
Employers can find many ways to incorporate fun into the organization that doesn’t have to mean chaos or loss of work productivity. Leaders who share and laugh with the staff as well as work hard with them are far more pleasant to work for than those whose noses are up to the grindstone all the time. Fun can be as simple as dress up (or dress down) days, or a surprise pizza party for making it through another week when things are crazy. Fun can be as easy as adopting an office cat for moments of entertainment and purr breaks, or finding a way to volunteer as a team.
Embrace remote working
One increasingly popular way to boost employee morale and work productivity is allowing workers to work from home or from a remote location. They are able to spend more time with the family and be potentially less stressed about things at home while they are away. Working off-site can also allow them to optimize their working day. Time is not lost in a lengthy daily commute. Sometimes they must be available to co-workers and clients during normal business hours. But at other times, allow them to work whenever they desire. It does not matter what hours of the day the work is done, they can work when they’re most awake and functional, perhaps in the early morning or after the kids are in bed, or even on the weekends.
Flexible time and split shifts could also be implemented, allowing the employees’ easier access to other obligations around their work schedule. However, do establish deadlines and work expectations for afterall, work is still work and must still be delivered.
Mobile solutions such as smart phones and tablets facilitate continuity in work productivity even when employees are commuting or away on business trips. They allow your employees to maintain constant contact across multiple work sites. Hence, it is possible to access files and documents online and continue working in real-time. Wi-Fi and mobile broadband networks practically cover large city metro areas and are increasingly reaching out to locations where internet connection was not possible.
Up-to-date hardware and software
Keep technology hardware up to date and incorporate the latest tools and online solutions so as to enhance company and work productivity. Employees need to have access to laptops, PCs, and mobile devices and up-to-date operating systems, software and stable networks. More and more businesses are shifting functions to the cloud, and the firm’s hardware must be able to support the changing trend. Time is lost and frustration increased when employees have to wait for IT repair or struggle with overloaded systems. Managers should remember to stay abreast on their clients, vendors and competitors’ operation so that they would not lose out to a competitor on the basis that they did not keep up technologically.
It should go without saying that compensation figures crucially in employee’s satisfaction. High worker motivation and willingness to remain with a company prevents loss of work productivity in the event a skilled individual leaves and a new employee must be recruited and trained. The hard truth is that a fantastic benefits package may be possible, but employers can do many things to remain attractive to prospective employees, including incentives and arrangements such as offering a workplace environment where their potential co-workers would be happy to work.
Business gain is tangible when employers cultivate a positive and productive place of work. Satisfied workers are much more likely to produce top-quality goods and services, remain with the firm longer, and endorse the company to friends, family and community.
Ultimately, high employee satisfaction and engagement benefits the bottom line.