If you’re reliant on a team of employees to get work done each day, it’s important to find ways to ensure they are focussed, functioning, and productive. You will only be wasting money employing them otherwise, as your business won’t progress far if they aren’t giving you their best.
So, as you manage our employees, here are a few of the things you might want to focus on.
#1: Find ways to boost your employees’ morale
An unhappy worker is an unproductive worker, so consider our ideas on looking after your employees. If you care for their needs, provide a positive work environment, and find ways to reward them for work well done, you will boost both their morale and their productivity. Your employees will also start to care more about your business, and this will give them the drive to give you their all in the work you have given them to do.
#2: Train your employees on time management
To ensure your employees are using their time wisely, teach them a few time management skills. They will then be less likely to waste time, as they will have the know-how to prioritise their to-do lists, and they will have the ability to focus without distractions. There are all kinds of time-management techniques that can be taught to your employees, and that you might find useful for your own day at work too. One example worth considering is the Pomodoro Technique that is used to break the day into short intervals, as this has been known to improve productivity. You can find more about this (and other ideas) in the following article provided by Norwich University.
#3: Reduce your employees’ workloads
The more work your employees have to do, the more tired they will become. They will then become less productive, and the quality of their work might suffer as a result. So, try to reduce their workloads where possible. You can do this by focussing their attention on priority tasks each day, and by reminding them to do less-important tasks another day. You might be able to outsource some of their tasks too, especially if they don’t fall into the remit of their job descriptions. And for those menial tasks that might take up too much of their day, you could implement those automated business tools that will make their lives a little easier.
#4: Set clear expectations
What do you want your employees to do? They might never know if you don’t communicate your expectations to them. If they know what checkpoints they need to reach, they will have a greater incentive to meet them. And if they know what you don’t want them to do during work hours – you might want to encourage them to put their phones down – they will have an understanding of what displeases you. So, talk to them one-to-one or in a group meeting, and give them a clear idea of what you expect so as to improve their focus and efficiency at work.