Increasing Productivity in Your Small Business Workforce
Although the job market has experienced its share of ups and downs in the recent years, it’s important for employers to attract and maintaining top quality talent; primarily because of the high cost of the on-boarding process and the high cost of doing business in general. As a result, employers should get the most out of their employees by developing strategies to increase productivity in the workplace once these top employees have been obtained. This not only increases the overall net profits and eliminates waste, but it also increases the morale among employees. In fact, studies suggest that there’s an alarming number of employees who are not being managed or properly supervised, which results in them becoming disengaged and not working at their full capacity. Even worse, if you have employees that are not what you’d consider top talent or A-level employees, then you need to be even more strategic in increasing productivity among that group of staff members as well. If you are a small business owner and are interested in increasing the productivity in your workplace, below are four helpful tips.
- Implementing Employee Management and Evaluations Programs
When employees are directly involved with their managers or supervisors on a daily or weekly basis, it helps them to become more engaged in what’s going on in their perspective departments. It also helps them to identify the importance of their role and their overall job duties. This ultimately assists them better fulfilling their job responsibilities. Such programs also allow managers to provide employees with needed feedback along the way, thus reducing errors and improving the overall performance of the employee.
Additionally, when employee reviews are also a part of a small business’ policies and procedures, employees have the opportunity to observe their own level of productivity. They feel a sense of accomplishment in areas where they perform well and can make improvements in the areas where they perform poorly. Employee reviews also hold employees accountable for their actions and their job performance. It allows managers and supervisors to get more out of employees without necessarily micro-managing them, but by helping them to understand how their performance has an effect on the company as a whole.
- Setting Deadlines and Developing Time Management Programs
When employers assign deadlines to a job assignment, it creates a sense of urgency. This serves as a means for employees to gauge whether or not they’re taking too long on their assignments or not. It also helps them become more sensitive to how much time they’re actually spending on a project as well as how much time they may be wasting in the workplace. In fact, according to Small Business Chronicle, enforcing deadlines in the workplace creates a culture of ongoing professional development among employees.
When employees work on teams, the top performers usually shine as they complete their assignments on time, while those who may be trailing behind stands out as well (although not for good reasons.) No one likes trailing behind or appear as a slacker. Setting deadlines is a great way for all employees to take notice of their job performance, which further increases the each individual’s overall productivity in the workplace
- Using the Latest Technology and Productivity Tools
It’s important for employees to have access to the latest “tools of the trade” and the most updated industry-based technology that is available in the marketplace. Having the best tools possible helps employees to perform their jobs better and produce more competitive work. This will also enable them to produce and deliver products and services to customers in a timely fashion – further increasing productivity and competitiveness.
Programs such as productivity tools allow employees to work in groups or on teams, which increases the flow of communication and enhances the overall productivity among staff members.
- Employee Recognition
Nothing motivates an employee like acknowledging and/or rewarding them for a job well done. Employee recognition
- increases morale
- improves employee engagement
- lets employees know what’s expected in the workplace and
- lets them know that their role in the workplace is important and effective
These proactive activities both motivate and inspire employees to continue to make improvements in the workplace.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, many employees spend roughly 8.8 hours in the workplace each day, thus it’s important for small business owners to get the most out of their staff each day, but in a way that boost morale, maximizes profits and increases the overall retention rate.
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