How to raise your employee productivity | Xexec
Employee productivity is important to every organisation, no matter how big or small. In basic terms, it is the measure of an employee's output. Employees are a company's biggest asset, so when they are thriving, so too will the business. When your teams are able to make substantial gains and improvements in a short space of time, it will ultimately impact the business's bottom-line as well as improve their morale and motivation levels. It's a win-win for both parties.
It's important to note that there is a difference between productivity and effectiveness. Productivity refers to the amount of work completed, whereas effectiveness refers to the amount of effort put into that work. Emphasis needs to be put on both aspects in order to ensure that that the maximum effort is put into completing as much work in as short of a time as possible. This will benefit the company by being more profitable, meeting consumer demands and ultimately remaining competitive.
There are many ways in which you can increase employee productivity, some are easy things to implement, whereas others come with time and resource.
Employees have different times in their days where they are at their prime, so often, a 9-5 schedule may not bring out optimum productivity. As people's schedules differ, offering flexibility will ease the pressure off them so for example, they can take their children to school or they can miss rush hour traffic and so on. There are so many ways to offer this type of flexibility, be it coming in an hour earlier and leaving earlier, working from home one day a week or doing shorter hours. Whichever arrangement works best for the business as a whole will be meaningful and valuable for each and every member of the workforce. According to a study by Workplace Trends, 75% of employees rated flexibility as their most important workplace benefit. This flexi-working will also prevent employees from calling in sick or using other such excuses to avoid coming in.
In the same measure as offering this flexibility, organisations need to reassure all their employees that flexibility is allowed as long as the tasks get done. Employees should not feel judged for taking advantage of flexible working, but rather feel comforted knowing they are supported which will result in productivity. Productivity improves by 20-25% in organisations with connected employees who are engaged with their work and how they are treated, according to the McKinsey Global Institute.
Stop micromanaging, start trusting
Micromanagement is one of the most widely condemned managerial sins as well as one of the most common employee complaints which hinders productivity and engagement. This can contribute to inefficiency, low morale, instability and high employee turnover. According to Gallup, disengaged workers had 37% higher absenteeism, 49% more accidents, and 60% more errors and defects Nobody likes having their manager hovering over their shoulder watching their every move. In order to increase employee productivity, managers should delegate tasks to their teams and have enough trust that they will get the job done efficiently and effectively. Make it clear to your employees that you’re confident with them and they will be motivated to work harder and smarter. 85% of employees feel demoralized by micromanagement according to the book, My Way or the Highway by Harry Chambers. Empowerment breeds performance and productivity. Employees crave freedom and autonomy, it's an expression of their identity and highlights a freedom of creative exploration.