Research shows that about 70 percent
of employees arenít exploiting their full productivity potential. Of
these, 52 percent arenít putting in any substantial effort.
As an employer, these stats are enough to keep you awake at night.
Imagine what could happen to your company if all your employees were
putting in their best shift. Massive growth, right?
Hereís the thing, though. You have
to power to change that.
As much as sometimes it can come down
to whether an employee has the personal will to do their best,
for the larger part, itís your responsibility to improve
Hereís how to do it.
1. Ensure Your
Physical Infrastructure Supports Employee Productivity
Most employers and workplace
managers looking to increase team productivity often focus on
smaller things, like repainting office walls and installing
office plants. This isnít to say these changes donít work. They
do, but typically result in marginal productivity increases.
If you want a big jump in
productivity, focus on the big stuff, such as your physical
infrastructure. These include your buildings, equipment and
machinery, and office appliances.
Letís say youíre a logistics
business. Unfortunately, your trucks are quite old, although in
sound mechanical condition.
Do you think your drivers are
highly motivated to come to work and drive the old geezers?
Thereís no doubt newer trucks with comfier seats are going to
excite them. A happy employee is a productive employee.
Or letís say you own a small
manufacturing company. Have you given thought to how your plant
layout could be hindering productivity?
If machines and equipment are
crammed into a small space such that the place doesnít feely
airy, not many workers are going to enjoy working there.
Improve plant layout and watch your people put in proper
2. Upgrade Your
Is your business using legacy
If yes, youíre just doing your
employees a big disservice. Youíre hurting your companyís bottom
line as well. According to research, companies with legacy tech
use 80 percent of their IT budget keeping the old computers and
This is a no-brainer, really. Old
tech is sluggish and unfriendly to users, which means your
workers are dreading coming to work. Itís time to upgrade the
technology and unlock your employeesí potential.
3. Evaluate Your
Workplace policies are the rules
and guidelines that spell out everyoneís duties and obligations.
If itís your policy that employees
break for lunch at a certain time, thatíll be it. If you require
employees to wear a company uniform, they have no choice.
But are your policies creating a
toxic culture that kills productivity? Or are they designed to
make life better for your employees?
If your teamís productivity has
been waning, perhaps it's your policies that are to blame.
Reevaluate your policies and design new ones. In the process,
gather feedback from your employees, especially with regard to
policy changes theyíd love to see.
Making some changes, such as
allowing your employees to work from home for one or two days a
week, will improve productivity.
Employees to Do More
When youíre looking to increase
employee productivity, it pays to focus on making high-impact
changes. While the small tweaks here and there will help, itís
your physical infrastructure, technology, and workplace policies
thatíll yield the biggest results.
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