There’s a lot of reasons someone’s productivity may decrease. Everyone experiences days when they just want to curl up on the couch and watch their favorite TV series or read a good book. On those days when people want to do nothing, it’s hard for them to put a lot into their work. If an employee feels unseen or has frequent bad interactions with a co-worker it can bring their productivity to an unsatisfactory level. As an employer, you need to make sure that when these circumstances occur you get the productivity back up. But how? Below you’ll find six ways to boost your employee’s productivity.
It’s All About the Atmosphere
You want to create a positive atmosphere for people to walk into every day. The average person spends more time with their co-workers than with their friends and family. So, when two people who are forced to work together don’t quite get along, tensions can rise. It’s important to create a safe, positive space for your employees. If they don’t feel comfortable, their work will suffer. So, protect them. Make sure that no one feels unwelcome or unappreciated. Listen out for any negative gossip or harmful comments, and quickly put an end to it. It’s also important for them to have positive interactions with you. So, greet them with a smile as they come through the door in the morning, and make them feel welcomed and appreciated. That small step will make a big difference.
Get to Know Your Employees
No two people are exactly the same. Everyone has their own unique personality and preferences. What motivates one person might make another nervous or uncomfortable. If you know what drives your employees, you can motivate them individually, creating a much more productive work environment. Some people like to take control while others, though talented, like to stay in the background. Some love public recognition, while others might respond better to a one-on-one discussion about how well they’re doing. When you know what makes your employees tick, you can get them to put more effort into their work.
Make Sure Everyone Knows What to Do
Just because someone aced an interview and had a bit of training doesn’t mean they know everything. When someone is overwhelmed by confusion, their work is going to suffer. Knowing exactly what’s expected of them will help your employee to work harder to achieve that goal, instead of spending time feeling frustrated because they don’t know what to do. As their boss, make sure that everyone is clear about exactly what it is you expect them to do.
Small Incentives Make a Big Difference
When a prize and a goal are ahead of them, your employees will work harder and enjoy their work more. You don’t have to promise them huge raises or a fancy coffee machine. A $15 gift card is enough to motivate your workers to try a little harder. People always strive to do better when there’s a specific goal for them to achieve and a little bit of competition.
It’s really hard for someone to ask for help or advice if they’re afraid of you or think you’ll look down on them for needing help. Having an approachable boss can save an employee lots of time and mistakes. Let your employees know that you’re there for them if they have questions or need a helping hand. If they feel they can be honest with you, they’ll let you know when they’re struggling, and the two of you can figure out a solution. It makes them a more productive employee and helps promote honest and direct communication, which is always nice.
Shine a Light on Their Triumphs
If an employee does a particularly good job, take note and let them know how much you appreciate it. When someone gets credit for a job well done, when they get a pat on the back or a “thank you” for a superior performance, they’ll strive to match that quality of work in the future. So, take a moment to show your appreciation, and let your employees know that you pay attention and notice their effort and hard work.
You don’t have to make drastic changes to motivate your employees to work harder and be more productive. Making these small changes in your day-to-day interactions with them will make a big difference. For more helpful tips and advice, please contact us.