Are you struggling with low productivity levels in your company? If so, you may need to change how you work to enable your employees to perform with maximum efficiency. Several important tweaks may be necessary to achieve this, from how you are delegating work to providing better productivity tools. With over 10 years of management experience, I have found that there are some more effective strategies than others.
Here is a look at 7 practical strategies to help you improve employee efficiency in your organization:
Most employers that adopted remote work for the first time in 2019 did so for pandemic-related reasons. Several months later, more companies reported increased productivity from their telecommuting workforce. GMR Transcription went fully remote and found that our production levels were still the same. By all indications, this model will remain relevant beyond the COVID-19 era. Consider incorporating the following ideas to achieve significant productivity gains with remote working:
Delegation of authority is one of the most underrated productivity strategies for the workplace. However, assigning key responsibilities to trustworthy and qualified employees can allow decisions to be executed even without your direct intervention. It empowers your team, letting them spend more time working rather than running every small detail to you.
For the most competitive organizations, real-time tracking of work orders and collaboration on tasks between multi-disciplinary teams or members of the same team is necessary. Unfortunately, today, email is not always adequately effective in this area.
Therefore, you may need to invest in modern productivity tools that facilitate real-time workforce communication and collaboration. These technologies can boost employee efficiency in your organization by up to 20%. At GMR Transcription, we use Trillian to communicate with our contractors and full-time team members. This helps reduce the amount of email communication.
Do not require your employees to master every role available, as that will only eat into their productivity. Instead, hire and assign responsibilities based on skills. It is also important that you learn as much as possible about each employee’s personality and behavioral styles once you bring them on board. For example, introverted individuals can enter data, analyze or perform research-oriented tasks. However, they are not usually the best people to pitch to prospects.
Recognizing and rewarding your best performers can inspire better performance. So can a personal expression of gratitude like saying “thank you.” While bonuses and commissions are the standard incentives to drive workforce productivity, some other ways to reward productivity include:
Employees can use their time at work better when their assignments have clear objectives. Ensure that each team member understands what is expected of them within a specific duration. You should be as precise and straightforward as possible when describing tasks or project deliverables in all relevant aspects or metrics, such as quality, quantity, cost, and timelines.
You cannot always trust learning on the job to bring the best out of your employees or accelerate their professional development. This approach can impact productivity as workers will be haphazardly trying to execute their official roles without adequate guidance and relevant competencies. To develop and empower your personnel much faster, try more efficient methods.
Bottlenecks like ineffective communication, poor skills-to-job matching, or unwillingness to delegate can cause significant losses in productivity. If you are experiencing these issues in your company, you could turn things around by modernizing your workforce and process management approaches.