Whether new or old hires, employees may eventually become less productive and the management team is tasked with coming up with innovative ways to boost morale and increase productivity. Top on the list is continuous employee training; companies spent nearly $156 million training and developing their employees.
How can companies gain a return from this huge investment? Here are 3 ways to boost your employees’ productivity.
1. Hands-On Approach
Being a manager is much more than instructing your employees on what to do. Regardless of the industry, a hands-on manager inspires his/her employees as compared to a hands-off manager. This type of manager is actively involved in the day-to-day running of the business by guiding and steering employees in the performance of their tasks. As a result of these interactions, a hands-on manager understands what the team can and cannot do.
For instance, when a business wants to employ a PPC campaign management strategy, many employees, who are not trained in search engines optimization, do not understand how SEO works or where to begin. If the company does not hire a qualified marketing team, they may end up losing a lot of resources. In such a scenario, the manager understands his/her employees are unable to go ahead with the project; hence takes the appropriate steps. An ideal hands-on manager ensures all employees are in the loop; their individual needs are catered to and provides regular feedback and employee mentorship.
2. Sink or Swim Approach
Managers cannot do everything by themselves. They are required to delegate their workload to qualified employees in order to not overburden themselves.
The sink or swim approach entails managers throwing their new hires into the actual working environment without any formal training in how the business works. It is an unconventional way of training new hires by boosting their skill, resourcefulness, and confidence in the workplace. It saves on time and money used in training as the new employees immediately begin working and develop their individuality in the office or sales store.
This approach aids in making employees a leader of themselves. However, stringent quality standards and rules on result orientation must be enforced. As such, employers are able to monitor the progress of their employees; thus the consistent growth of their business over time.
3. Problem Solving Approach
Frequently, the reason for low productivity rates among employees is due to poor communication between employees and employers. 31% of employees wished their employers engaged more with them. This goes to show that more than a third of employers are oblivious to the factors which contribute to low productivity among their employees.
Before anything else, managers must anticipate an internal problem immediately they notice their sales are nose-diving. Listening to your employees and addressing their needs ensures that everyone is comfortable and is able to easily work on achieving their targets.
Similarly, inform everyone on the progress in terms of sales and other parameters. Make the relevant information accessible to all employees in order to equip them with the necessary tools to do their job and promote collaboration with other employees. Whether it is decision making or a simple opinion, make your employees feel part of the team and that their opinions matter.
Once your employees feel appreciated and valued, they will happily work on achieving the company’s goals. Additionally, implementing a recognition program helps in increasing employee productivity.
Employee productivity needs to be closely monitored as it varies from high highs to very low lows. Managers have to provide a healthy working environment by creating the necessary structures and processes to deal with the ever-changing workforce. Once you create an environment where employees feel safe and motivated to work, an increase in their productivity will surely follow.
by: Stokes Vincent