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7 Tactics for Creating More Productive Employees

One of the key factors in having a successful business is having employees who are reaching levels of productivity that help growth and profit. As a manager, it's your job to make sure this ideal scenario is happening in the workplace. Otherwise, employees becoming unengaged in high quantities could cost a company a lot of revenue.

Luckily, there are ways to spot a lack of productivity, as well as solutions for fixing it. Keep reading to check out 7 tactics for creating more productive employees.

1. Create a Positive Work Environment

Previous studies have shown that up to 71% of employees become unsatisfied with their jobs and begin to actively look for new places of employment. One of the ways to decrease turnover and breed more productive employees is to make sure the work environment is positive and as stress-free as possible.

This is an important factor to consider because most full-time employees spend the majority of their waking day at work or commuting to and from the workplace. The last thing someone wants to be is miserable in a place where they spend a good amount of their time.

Focus on creating a healthy work community that supports regular socializing and an extreme lack of drama. Employees who feel comfortable and excited to come to work will probably have a much easier time actually wanting to get tasks accomplished.

2. Offer Adequate Training

You can't have productive employees if everyone is unclear about how to do their job. Make sure that your company offers quality training that is updated just as often as the systems change. This will definitely assist with productivity levels, as employees will spend less time trying to figure out how to do a task and more time doing it.

It can also make your employees feel like you have their back and won't leave them to fend for themselves when working in the field. Offering adequate amounts of knowledge and training may help employees to feel more confident and naturally inclined to tackle work when placed in from of them.

3. Give Feedback

Sometimes people don't know that they aren't operating at their highest potential. This is where your valuable feedback and construction criticism comes into the picture. Make it a priority to set in place weekly or monthly feedback sessions that allow an employee to take a look at the productivity level they are at versus where they could be.

Be sure not to be condescending or too harsh with the feedback. The feedback experience should be a mirror for the individual rather than a punishment. Remember to offer employee solutions and support to help them achieve their growth potential.

4. Provide Appropriate Tools & Resources

An employee should not have to go out of your company (unless researching is a part of their job role) to find the tools and resources that they need to do their job. This can often cause a plunge in engagement in even the most productive employees.

Someone may not want to continue spending the extra energy to go out of their way for something they feel should already be at their fingertips. And their feelings would be justifiable.
If you would like people to have more time to complete their work, make sure they also have everything that they need to do the job.

5. Be Organized & Structured

When an employee shows up to work for a company, they should be met with structured systems that should already be set into place. Systems and organization are what helps businesses thrive and what allows employees to learn to take on duties that keep the company operating.

Managers should make sure that systems stay up to date and remain current with the times to help employees utilize them easier. For instance, the digital age has changed a lot about how companies manage various things. Using technological tools, such as a web based time clock, will be more convenient and relatable for youthful employees.

6. Encourage Friendly Competition

There may be a lack of productive employees because there is no spark in the work environment. Some employees thrive off of challenges and can be quickly turned off by work that is too easy or repetitive. Try adding some elements of competitiveness in the workspace through friendly competitions. 

This is a great time to opportunity in incentives and rewards to motivate people even more. Remember to highlight the fact that these are friendly competitions and everyone should participate in manners that are positive and respectful so to not discourage anyone.

7. Show Praise & Appreciation

People are more inclined to disengage and become unmotivated when they feel unnoticed and underappreciated. Some individuals crave and value occasional praise from their employers. This is a simple, great way to turn unenthused workers into productive employees.

Show praise and appreciation to employees on a regular basis. You don't have to go overboard and throw compliments at them every single day. However, incorporating encouraging words into the work community can help to boost, both, confidence and productivity levels.

Management Is The Start To Productive Employees

You may be having some issues with getting more productive employees that seem impossible to fix. However, the important thing to remember is that producing more productivity in the workplace starts with how a manager can help employees reach their full potential.

Try out some of the tips listed above to be sure your company has done everything in its power to increase productivity. Also, check out our business and economy section for more articles that can help you shift your work environment and company for the better.


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