Work environment plays a significant role in employee productivity. Before you cast judgement on your employee's output, take a look around. Have you created the best possible work environment to encourage efficiency and productivity?
Here are some tips to create a more productive work environment:
Set the Appropriate Tone
Employees look to management to set the pace and tone. If you spend hours in your office playing with fidget spinners and practicing your golf putting, they will get the impression they don’t need to take their work seriously.
On the other hand, if you get down in the trenches with them, are the first to volunteer overtime, and generally set a productive tone, most of your workers will naturally follow your lead.
Encourage Constant Communication
Without frequent communication and solid project management, it’s all too easy for a task to become sidetracked. Although it’s usually not due to laziness or ill intent, it doesn’t take much for promising initiative to begin bordering on subpar output.
Because of this risk, it’s important to check in frequently to receive progress updates. This can also serve as a time to provide thoughtful feedback. By checking in often, you can ensure projects stay on track. You’ll also be able to resolve minor issues before they turn into major headaches.
Establish Transparent Goals
A first step to achieving high productivity and efficiency is setting appropriate goals. Without a goal in mind, it’s far too easy for an employee to spend eight frivolous hours wasting time on a project without making significant gains.
Before launching any project, ensure you’ve clearly communicated both the individual and project goals. Encourage your employees to ask any and all clarifying questions so they are clear on what is expected of them.
Issue Clear, Detailed Instructions
As important as it is to set transparent goals, it’s equally vital to lay out clear, detailed directions.
Written instructions are often superior to oral instructions. Repeat the oral instructions in an email or other form of written communication. By doing this, you ensure both parties have an unassailable record of what is expected and how to best tackle the project.
Set Realistic Deadlines
Unnecessarily short deadlines lead to rushed jobs and substandard performance. You want your team to optimize efficiency, but pushing them to finish their work too quickly ultimately compromises quality.
Find a good balance between promoting an efficient and productive pace while still providing ample time for stellar work.
Although management has significant responsibility, you must still hold your employees accountable. Ensure you’re setting clear standards and applying them fairly and consistently. Set reasonable expectations, and make sure your staff meet them.
Once you establish a productive and efficient work environment, you’ll still require high-performing workers to optimize your company’s potential. By partnering with an industry-leading recruiter, such as United Personnel, you’ll find talented workers in less time and with less resource commitment on your end.
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