The role of employees in any organization is crucial to the growth of the organization and the retention of customers. Many companies have realized the important role employees play in promoting the business, hence the active support given to employees to help them perform better.
We can’t ignore the fact that the bulk of responsibilities coupled with many other factors can be quite overwhelming for employees to handle. Those who struggle with finding a good work/life balance will definitely have problems in terms of productivity at work. This will have a negative effect on your business, and this is why it is important for every business owner to support their employees in every way possible.
Have you noticed a dip in the productivity of a particular employee or all of them generally? The time to act is now; you need to help them get back in shape to save your business. The following tips will help you achieve this goal;
1. Setting the right goals’
Goal setting has been directly related to productivity. Setting the right goals can either help your employees increase their productivity or become even further frustrated with their jobs. This is why it is important to set the right and realistic goals.
When setting goals’, you must ensure that what you aim to achieve is understood by all your employees and they show a commitment to working as a team in this regard. The achievement of goals will have a positive effect on the mindset of your employees, and they will anticipate the next conquest.
2. Create Self Development opportunities
Many companies are run by dishing out stringent rules that must be followed and obeyed even if there are better alternatives which the employees know about but cannot implement. Employees who find themselves in this situation can become frustrated with their jobs.
As a business owner, you should give employees some space to develop themselves. They will appreciate some freedom to try out new ideas related to improving service delivery and making their jobs more valuable. This will promote a sense of belonging to the company and the consequence of this is a positive team spirit among your employees.
3. Encourage employee productivity with an excellent reward system
You should start rewarding your employees if you are not already doing this. It has been proven that employees need more than just work to stay on top of their game. Employees feel appreciated when they receive these kind gestures. And a happy employee would be interested in doing more to impress the employer.
Employees work hard to earn a salary, an added appreciation will encourage them to put in more efforts. However, you don’t have to break the bank to do this; little rewards will go a long way to make your employees feel appreciated.
4. Explore the advantages of a virtual office
Many companies now operate virtual offices; this system is being widely adopted for many reasons. It is convenient, and cheaper to run a virtual office. Your employees will also have the convenience of working from their own space. This gives them the liberty to discover what works for them related to improving their proficiencies.
The benefits of running a virtual office are obvious and you will also discover that the communication among your team will be even closer because everyone will always be with their systems at the right time.
5. Organize regular training programs
Your employees would appreciate your efforts in helping them achieve self-development by organizing seminars and training sessions aimed at developing their skills as well as teaching them new skill sets. Recent surveys have shown that one of the reason employees quit their jobs is because they did not feel empowered by the management.
There will be an obvious increase in productivity when your employees are trained on better processes and skills that can make them function at a higher level.
6. Upgrade your working tools regularly
It is true that some companies ignorantly avoid updating their working tools. Using outdated tools can be frustrating for employees who want to give their best to your business. With the recent wave of innovations, there are a variety of tools ranging from software to actual physical equipment designed with the latest technology to make the operations in your company quicker and more effective.
Working with upgraded tools will also promote customer retention because your employees will be able to deliver the services quicker and more effectively promoting customer satisfaction. To put your business ahead of the competition, always research your field of business to monitor the invention and release of better working tools that will help your employees become more proficient in their duties.
7. Give them a break
As a business manager, you know how good it felt to take a break from all the work. And how did you feel when you resumed duties after a short break? This goes for the employees too; everyone needs a break once in a while. You should ensure that your company’s policies permit the employees to go on short vacation to help them function better. You could also permit a short break during working hours daily. This will give your employees an opportunity to take their eyes off those computers, drink some water and stretch their muscles. They will feel much better after these short breaks and it will help for improving concentration and the brain function.
These tips have been generalized to be applicable in many kinds of businesses. You can add some aspects to make them even more effective depending on the nature of your business. The important point to note here is that it is your responsibility as the business owner the initiate the inclusion of these tips in your official affairs. Your employees might not express any displeasure. They will either quit their jobs or stay on while delivering poor services that can destroy your business.
About Michael Linick
Michael has worked in Employee Engagement for over six years as Consultant, Project Manager, Account Manager and – most recently Client Success Manager roles. He works with major national and international companies to help them gain maximum benefits from employee feedback.