You probably look constantly for ways to get the most from your team. Better productivity means more revenue, greater profits, and more success for everyone in your organization. In this regard, your long-term solution seldom consists of cracking the whip. Instead, look to these methods to promote long-term productivity gains.
1. Recruit for Fit
Your employees will perform better if they like being there and enjoy being with their peers. When you recruit new staff, don't start and stop at the resume highlights. The difference between a qualified person and the right person emerges during interviews. Get to know the person and see whether they fit inside your organization.
2. Delegate Authority
When you delegate to your team members, you give yourself more freedom to do your own critical tasks. In addition, you give people new motivation. Not only do people tend to work harder when you give them responsibility, but those who are not in that position can see a path forward if they prove themselves. The benefits will ripple throughout your workforce.
3. Communicate Well
Your people achieve more when they have clear, defined goals and expectations. If you give a clear message up front and allow a free flow of questions when people have them, you have a greater chance of success. Further, it allows you to avoid micromanaging through a project, which often proves to reduce motivation.
4. Encourage Self-Care
When your employees feel better, they perform better. This truism sometimes gets lost when you keep pushing for more productivity. Sometimes during the course of each day, people need to get up, move around, and clear their minds. Over the year, people need some time away from work. Rather than pressuring people not to take that time, try to make sure they do so. Their work will be more focused and efficient when they take care of their needs.
5. Measure and Reward
If you don't measure productivity, you'll never know who is achieving the most. Don't look to see who looks the busiest; identify the right metrics for your workers, and find out. When you identify the high achievers, focus some energy on rewarding their efforts.
6. Target Your Training
For the lower achievers, try to identify what help they need to lift them up. Onboarding replacements requires time and effort. Before you go through all of that, see if you can salvage and improve the people you have. By focusing training where they need it, you give them and yourself a chance.
7. Deliver Tools for Success
Finally, your industry has specific tools: training, technology, and workspace. When you give people what they need to achieve, you set your whole company up for success.
Achievement does not come from pushing your team to exhaustion. Look for ways to motivate and energize your team. Showing workers that you value them goes a long way and will lift your entire team's performance levels.