Being productive all the time is impossible, after all we’re only human. We can’t always be at 100% all the time, but when you’re running a business, you do want your staff to be as productive as possible. So here are five ways to improve staff productivity.
Look After Employee Health and Safety
Your staff’s safety and health should always be a priority because if anything happens to them on your property or if they’re constantly falling ill, then it’s your company that will suffer in one way or the other. A way of looking after your employees is by making sure that they are working in an environment that is safe, and most importantly, clean. Ensure that your cleaners are cleaning up properly and that all communal areas are pristine and sanitized properly. Specifically areas like the bathroom, banisters, and handrails that are a hub for bacteria and germs to spread. Do what you can to limit the risk of infections and spreading of the common cold so that staff is healthy for when they come into work. Keep your space safe, so you avoid a family law firm from knocking on your door.
Provide the Right Tools and Support
The right tools and support are going to help keep your staff working hard. If your IT support is non-existent and their workstations run slowly or break down, how are they going to get their work done? It can also be frustrating and debilitating not to have the right software or equipment needed to do their job effectively. Work processes will slow down, and that can impact the company’s growth and progression. Invest in what your staff needs in order for them to work quickly and efficiently.
Give Staff Room to Develop and Grow
Being able to offer your staff the chance to develop and grow within the company is going to reduce your staff turnover. It also makes them feel valued and not just another number within the company. Sit down with them to explore their options and what they’d like to achieve. Getting to know your staff more will help you figure out what they’re good at and what training they could benefit from to improve their work.
Create a Happy Office Environment
A happy office environment is clearly going to encourage productivity. If they’re not happy, then that’s where it can start to fall apart. Ensure that your HR department has a good relationship with employees and that managers and HOD’s are speaking regularly to their staff about progress and whether they have any concerns within the workplace or outside of it that could affect their work.
Offer Flexible Working
And finally, flexible working. Flexible working can be a great advantage for companies who are now willing to roll it out to the wider part of their company. It offers a better work-life balance, and in return, your staff will want to work harder for you.
Improving staff productivity can be done, and there should always be a focus on it for your business.