Simple Ways to Improve Workforce Productivity

by | Oct 19, 2015 | Employers Tips

Do you want to improve your workforce productivity but don’t know where to start?

If your answer to this question is yes, then read on because this information is for you.

The level of your workforce’s engagement is largely responsible for the productivity and profit making ability of the organisation and therefore its survival in the long run.

Productivity is never an accident!  Instead it is dependent on many factors, which are largely determined by the environment you provide.

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How did your staff feel about coming to work this morning?

According to a recent study (Gallup) in over 150 countries, the vast majority of employees (88%) report an overall negative experience at work – and only a small handful are committed to their jobs and likely to be making positive contributions to their organisations.

Engagement is a complex maze of factors, yet it’s something that has to be solved first if you hope to make a positive change to productivity and staying ahead of your competition.

Some of the leading strategies are:

  • Provide needed training
  • Be clear about your values and mission
  • Set goals and communicate them effectively
  • Encourage input
  • Reward people for results

Train your Supervisors

One of the most significant factors of feeling positive about your workplace, is your direct supervisor. However, only a small percentage of supervisors receive training in non-operational areas and are not equipped or comfortable delivering your engagement strategy.

Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

Supervisors and Managers that have the ability to identify, use, understand, and manage emotions will communicate effectively, overcome challenges and defuse conflict in the workplace.  These skills are often referred to as Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and are key to your workforce engagement and productivity.

EQ training includes essential skills for controlling and managing overwhelming stress and how to greatly improve communication.

Test your plan

Because your organisation is unique, it’s important to create a strategy specific to your business goals and culture. Changes don’t have to be expensive and you don’t have to implement them all at once.

Seek genuine input from your workforce at all stages of the process. Test the elements of your plan in teams or departments to determine their effectiveness and make adjustments before implementing them company-wide.

If you require information on this important area of management, please contact us. At Signature, your first consultation is always FREEEmployer Solutions Help line

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