Three Quick Ways to Increase Productivity
It may surprise you to learn that it’s not uncommon for leaders to struggle with employee productivity. Can you guess why? Perhaps your employees feel uninspired, and they don’t invest in their goals. Or, they might have personal issues that are dragging them down. Maybe they’re just stuck in a rut, no longer motivated to perform to the top of their capacity. What your employees need is an attitude adjustment and some upward momentum in morale.
If you’ve ever experienced problems with productivity on your team, you know how tough it can be to get the results you want and need. Here are three quick ways you can reverse the downward productivity trend — and your employees will thank you for it!
1) Use daily huddles to motivate your team.
Daily huddles are a fast, easy way to check in with your people, increase focus around goals, measure performance and inspire greater productivity. Set a routine and make them respect it. Install a 10-minute meeting with your team members every morning. Don’t go over 10 minutes; and be sure to go every morning. Do this for a month, and see how touching base regularly motivates and increases cooperation. At the meeting, discuss results from the previous day’s tasks and establish short goals for the current day. Make sure to keep these meetings short, and the information helpful and impactful.
2) Spotlight small wins.
It can take time to hit vital goals. To keep people focused on success and moving forward, break those big goals down into small, daily tasks. To keep your team motivated on a long project, it’s important to recognize even minor successes. This helps to reinforce those victories and gives meaning to day-in, day-out work: you’re reaching a goal! Statistics in HBR show that, “Of all the things that can boost emotions, motivation, and perceptions during a workday, the single most important is making progress in meaningful work. And the more frequently people experience that sense of progress, the more likely they are to be creatively productive in the long run.” Whether you commit to spotlighting a different person in each day’s morning huddle, or whether you discipline yourself to find a different superstar once a week, make it a point to establish and consistently act to praise even small victories.
3) Make work more fun.
People find greater connection and more meaning in work when it’s enjoyable. Although things can’t be fun and games all the time, there’s no harm in coming up with fun contests, recognition programs, team-building exercises, company outings, group volunteer or charitable efforts, and other activities. Used wisely, these can significantly boost morale, build a more positive culture, grow employee engagement, and instill a sense of purpose and meaning that goes beyond the need for a paycheck. So, go for it! What have you got to lose?
So, what’s your #1 roadblock to employee productivity? Start using these tips today to get your people inspired to perform, and feeling better about their jobs overall.