Empowering Employee Potential Part One
Productivity (defined): The effectiveness of productive effort, especially in industry, as measured in terms of the rate of output per unit of input.
The purpose of any organisation is to be successful in what they do, so employee productivity can make or break a company. Some employees spend a lot of time finishing a small portion of work; others put in lots of work in a small amount of time – this is considered a productive employee. To have a successful company, employees need to be both productive and effective in their work.
1. Empowering employee needs
Instead of eight hours of continuous work per day, let your employees work in two smaller blocks. For example, 8am to 1pm work, clock off for a long lunch or gym session and then come back to work from 3pm to 5/6pm. They’ll feel refreshed after their break and be ready to dive back into their work.
Studies show those who stay in the office longer daily, are much less productive. The misconception that longer office hours means more work is outdated. Allowing your employees to have shorter working days or more flexible schedules can produce more productive, motivated and professional workers.
Allowing remote work – 65% of employees feel more productive when they’re allowed to work outside of their office, and 47% wish their company provided this benefit. Select positions eligible to work remotely – define availability hours for remote employees. Define specific response times and instruct employees to log their time for productivity reports.
Delegation of Tasks
While it may be hard to let go of a task you need to be done, allowing employees to complete a task alone once briefed is the best way to delegate. As many as 85% of employees feel demoralised by micromanagement. Having constant supervision can make them lose faith in their abilities.
Provide expectations and specific requirements instead of vague tasks to employees, and you’ll achieve a better quality of work overall. Letting employees know what outcome is wanted can remove the need to micromanage or handle questions. After delegation has occurred, leave the room. This makes an employee feel more relaxed, independent and confident in their skills when doing a task.
2. Empowering potential – skill-building/learning exercises
Implement hands-on training
Hands-on learning lets employees test out new skills by doing. Allowing them to train, with the ability to gain feedback as they go. The drawback to hands-on training is that employees cannot learn at their own pace or on their own time.
Rushing through topics doesn’t allow new knowledge to stick in the brain, nor let employees try out these new skills. It’s always best to leave them to their own devices to allow for time to process this training. Using a combination of hands-on training and then giving extra work to do in their own time allows for different types of learners to best manage the task at hand themselves.
Taking care of your employees by understanding their needs, their schedules and their capabilities is going to get you much further as a company. A happy employee will more likely be productive in their work. Feeling more content and secure in their job to produce a higher quality of work. If you are looking for other ways to improve your employees’ productivity, get in touch to hear about your options.