Every company wants productive employees, and it’s a manager’s job to ensure that each employee is maximizing his or her potential. To encourage your employees and increase productivity as much as possible, it’s important to make sure you are asking the right questions.
Have you hired the right people?
Unmotivated employees are unlikely to magically become motivated, and someone with a bad work ethic can easily drag down the rest of the team. But on that same note, someone dedicated to their work might positively influence their coworkers. Make sure you are filling your company with enthusiastic, intelligent, driven people who work well with the rest of the team. And once those people are there, focus on keeping them there.
Do your employees have a clear idea of their objectives?
If your employees are unclear about what they are supposed to achieve, it will be markedly more difficult to reach those goals. Schedule regular touchpoints with your employees so to make sure that everyone is on the same page. It’s important to go over both individual goals and team objectives, and to ensure that these goals work in concert with one another.
Are your employees happy?
It goes without saying, but happy employees are productive employees. Encourage your employees to exercise, eat healthfully and get enough sleep. Instituting flexible policies will also help drive up morale, and with it, productivity. Make sure the office is a comfortable and pleasant place to be, and reward your employees for their hard work.
Do you have good methods for holding your employees accountable?
Every employee should feel a deep sense of accountability to the company, and as a manager, it’s your job to measure that. Schedule meetings with them at regular intervals to check in, and then follow up. Make sure that your employees take responsibility for the work that they do.
If you are finding that your company is not as productive as you wish, ask yourself these questions. Make sure you are nurturing a sense of accountability, laying out clear goals, providing a pleasant work environment and hiring motivated employees. Once you institute these changes, you just might find your productivity on the rise