All human run enterprises run into productivity issues at some point. Working people, no matter how experienced or qualified they are, won’t perform with robotic efficiency at all times.
While many productivity issues are minor and very forgivable, others can be deeply imbedded into the workflow, management or even the philosophy of a business. Naturally, the efficiency of how work is completed correlates to business performance in varying degrees and as such business leaders will want to remedy any issues in this regard.
Let’s take a look at some of the most basic strategies that can be used to improve business productivity.
Streamline your workflow
Sometimes the way in which your business has operated historically can be the cause of productivity issues. Systems that might have worked when the business was just starting might not be efficient as your workload increases.
Instead of stubbornly holding on to what you think is proven to work, remain open to suggestions and constantly try to streamline anything that sticks out. Often times it will be employees themselves who identify these issues so make sure they feel confident in expressing them to you.
In extreme cases, optimising workflow may require an investment in new equipment or training. Make sure to consider the cost of these developments against the potential gains they will help generate.
Be clear with how tasks are delegated
If everyone is responsible for something, then nobody is. It’s crucial for productivity to make sure that everyone knows what they’re responsible for and what the expectations for their work are.
While you shouldn’t rule with an iron fist, you should always make sure that employees understand the expectations on them and the consequences of missing deadlines. Be clever with whom you give responsibility to so that the people who are confident and eager to do the work are actually doing it.
Create ideal conditions
You’d be surprised at how much the temperature of the workplace can affect productivity. Having a workspace that is either too hot or too cold can prove a serious distraction for workers.
If employees feel uncomfortable during their work they will be distracted and perform tasks slower. Simple investments in air conditioning and heating systems can make a big difference in this regard.
Give attention to employee morale
Unhappy workers are unproductive workers. If someone doesn’t enjoy coming to work then they won’t pay the same amount of attention and more mistakes or setbacks will be created.
Instead of making employees more stressed with negative feedback, try and understand why they aren’t happy. Sometimes the simplest gestures towards employee happiness will go a long way in making them more productive.