Guest Post By Rachel Jackson
Are you an employer whose employees productivity is decreasing? Do you want to establish new ways to increase the productivity levels in the workplace? The answer to these questions can be only one…of course you do! Employees are an integral cog part in the workforce and increasing their productivity level is improtant for your company.
In this article, we are going to explore 7 tips for increasing the productivity level of your employees, in the hope to provide a stronger workforce, and thus a successful business.
- CREATING THE RIGHT ATMOSPHERE
The majority of weekdays are spent at work. That means employees socialise more at work than at home. Creating and maintaining the ‘right’ atmosphere at work will help to increase productivity levels. Creating a family-like atmosphere has many advantages:
- Treating people like family will offer comfort, respect, safety, and the feeling of appreciation;
- Ensuring a friendly environment means that employees will feel more productive at work;
- Ensuring that everyone enjoys coming to work will help prolong productivity levels. As soon as employees do not want to be there, their work will ultimately suffer.
- INTRODUCE AN EMPLOYEE WELLNESS PROGRAM
Introducing an employee wellness program will increase levels of productivity within the workforce. These programs do not have to be extensive, but instead, show an interest between the company and the employee. There is an array of wellness programs that you could explore within the workforce:
- Offering snacks for mornings and lunchtimes;
- Accommodating employee needs for flexibility with regards to schedules and work hours;
- Trial a workforce gym membership. A lot of gyms offer huge discounts for companies if several people sign up;
- Hold healthy competitions for everyone to get involved with;
- Offer opportunities to work outdoors.
As you can see, there are loads of ways in which you can increase the wellbeing of staff members, by making a few changes to the workforce. By doing so, we guarantee that you will see the benefits with regards to their overall happiness and productivity.
- UPGRADING OFFICE EQUIPMENT
There is nothing worse than an employee getting stressed out because their old version of Microsoft is slowing them down. Upgrading office equipment on a regular basis will help to make employees work faster and more efficient.
A successful company cannot work with outdated and lagging equipment. In order to be successful, a company must invest in office equipment so not to be left behind in the world of business.
- CREATING INCENTIVES
Creating incentives is proven to be one of the best ways to increase productivity levels in employees. You will be surprised by how much a little bonus will go with your employees. Not only will they appreciate the gesture, but this will also ‘egg’ them on to continue doing great work.
- BE A ROLE MODEL
If you are the boss of a big, fancy business, a lot of employees may find struggle to talk you. It is important that you are able to create a professional appearance, whilst remaining on the same wave-length as your employees. Nobody wants to talk to someone who thinks that they are better than everyone else. Be a role model to everyone, and more than likely, people will try to follow your footsteps.
- LEAVE YOUR DOOR OPEN
Ensuring that your employees are able to talk to you whenever they require is vital. If your staff is unable to talk to you, that means there are huge communication problems within the workforce, which will no doubt hinder employee’s performances.
Try to be available to talk to all employees on a regular basis, even if they have not booked an appointment to speak with you. This will help to increase productivity levels.
- TREAT EVERYONE EQUALLY
Last but not least, it is important that employers treat everyone in the workforce equally. Just because you are best mates with someone working for you, does not mean you should treat them any different. If you do, this will affect productivity levels of other employees. Employees have the right to feel worthwhile, appreciated, and feel like an equal.
As you can see, there are lots of different ways in which you can increase the productivity levels in the workforce. We recommend that you trial a few of the above methods to see if it makes an impact to your workforce. After all, a happy workforce, is an effective workforce!
More About the Author
Rachel is a mother of 2 beautiful boys. She loves to hike and write about travelling, education and business. She is a Senior Content Manager at Populationof an online resource with information about demographic statistics of world population.
*Photo courtesy of Rachel Jackson