One of the factors that determine how successful an organization will be is workplace productivity, which is usually a product of how employees are motivated to do their jobs. Employees who are fully engaged and motivated will attend to their duties more enthusiastically leading to better productivity. There are some employees who generally perform at their best regardless of any motivational incentive that may be available while others need the occasional lift. When the interests of the employees are handled effectively workplace productivity improves considerably.
Many organizations are usually under continued pressure to perform well in terms of profitability and business growth that the importance of how well employees are engaged takes a back seat where the focus remains on the bottom line. It is important to appreciate that the overall corporate performance is highly dependent on how well employees are motivated to do their work beyond expectations.
Declines in business productivity stems from various reasons. This is because the needs of each employee are unique. An employee could also be poorly matched to a job which they are not adequately trained to handle which reduces their productivity. Other reasons include high levels of job dissatisfaction, poor work ethics as well as strained relations with superiors. Every organization that is struggling with poor workplace productivity should take time and analyze the situation so as to develop the right remedies. Here are some tips on how to improve workplace productivity.
• The productivity of employees can be enhanced by first understanding what would motivate them. Managers have the responsibility to understand what drives an employee to action within the confines and the context of the roles that each plays in the workplace. Employees also have different aspirations which will incline them towards where their ambitions lie. These could be promotions, performance based rewards, fringe benefits, flexible working timelines. Motivation is then guided by whether the employees feel that their needs are being adequately met. Managers must find a way to balance the competing interests of the employees as well as the overall welfare of the whole organization.
• Managers must also set realistic goals for their employees. This is because they will be discouraged to work better if they perceive that at the end they will not have attained the set goals. Goals should be set where the expected outcomes are measurable. In addition, time frames that are realistic and specific are of paramount importance. Employees need to know exactly what is being aimed at.
• The achievement of objectives should be periodically monitored so as to establish whether things are in order so as not to realize that the organization is off course when there is not enough time to fix the problems.
• Once the goals have been achieved, they should be celebrated and rewarded accordingly. This makes employees feel that increased workplace productivity is appreciated and rewarded. This will inspire and ignite even those employees that have not been paying attention to productivity in the past to reconsider the idea.