When we talk about any business, the productivity of its employees is a crucial factor that can take the firm to new heights and act as a major catalyst in the progress of the company as well themselves. But often a manager’s approach towards increasing the productivity of the employee can be quite counter-productive. As they force employees to work longer hours, make work their number one priority, and fear the consequences of not meeting performance objectives.
This approach lacks several key components which are responsible for high productivity of the employee i.e. engagement, autonomy, overall well-being and also we can incorporate Various methods for creating a team of members who truly recognize the strengths of each other and work together to achieve our common goals is imperative to success in any business undertaking, regardless of the industry or market, for Instance, We can observe Kris Thorkelson and Thomas Haughton who serves as president and Vice president of the Vice President of My Place Realty (MPR), a Winnipeg-based property management company that provides quality multi-family homes for people and families. By adopting the right approach towards Increasing their Productivity as Leaders
So here are 5 Easy Ways to Increase Productivity as a Leader
Prioritize Employee Engagement:
One of the major culprits behind productivity shortages is the lack of employee engagement. This is so because disengaged workers are slower and not efficient, more often distracted, and generally perform poor or mediocre. But as a leader, we can boost their productivity by doing the following.
- Recognizing and appreciating the successes of the employee
- Enabling employee to have healthy work style with a work-life balance
- Providing frequent one on one feedback to them
- Offering professional development opportunities
Let Employees Work Independently:
Against the popular belief that collaboration boosts the productivity of the employee, this management trend of constant collaborations hurts the productivity of the employee. Office plans and meetings are proved to have an adverse effect on productivity.
As a leader one can give them free will to work independently and collaborate only when it adds value to the work. Giving them access to private workspaces. Ex. Cubicles, offices, quiet-zone spaces, etc. We must not ask them to attend a meeting only if it’s not possible without them or their input to reach a solution. Apart from this, we should not call them if the information they need to know can be sent via email.
Also, we must encourage all the employees not to interrupt busy colleagues unless it’s urgent. The fewer distractions higher productivity.
Create Structures to Ensure Accountability:
Accountability is essential if we looking forward to boosting the productivity of our fellow employees. We as a leader can put together a system or a structure to create accountability among the employee. For example, we can have every employee set weekly goals and make it a point to announce it to the teams when they met them or not. We can also put on a notice board the goals and the achievements of the teams and individuals.
By engaging them in such structures it will not only boost their productivity but also increase their work satisfaction.
Give Employees Access to Performance-Enhancing Technology:
According to Erica Volini Global Human Capital Leader Deloitte, having access to the right tools is one of the most important elements behind drivers of employee engagement. Such tools aid in ease of doing work and make them more efficient and help them to perform on-par or above the competition. As a leader, we can encourage them to make a wish-list of tools they would like to have to boost their efficiency at work and buy it for them if the tools will yield a return.
Encourage Employees to Take Breaks and Leave on Time:
More working hours are more productive is a general misconception which not only creates resentment and bitterness among the employees, but it also lowers their efficiency. To increase productivity at the workplace we need to make sure that employees take breaks on time and leave on time. The energy boost they will get from the small breaks will keep distractions at bay as well as will compensate for the lost working hours in the breaks.