Productivity And Your Business, Make It Matter
Productivity in a business has never mattered more than now. With businesses severely affected by Covid-19 productivity is greatly appreciated and needed. The outlook is bleak too, with an economic recession that will be global in scale and unheard of since the last century. At least that’s what the experts are saying at the moment. Things change. You just need to focus on your business. Be a great leader and drive people to follow you. Every business is different, and each industry has different productivity markers. These tips can help change your perspective on productivity and give a decent grounding for you to pursue further research in your industry. Remember, productivity isn’t an exact science because everyone is different. Humans are completely unique and each will respond to stimulus differently.
Be A Good Role Model
If you want people who work for you to be productive, you need to be productive yourself. Or, you at least need to appear productive. People will copy you, and when you reprimand anyone for slow work they may just throw it back in your face. The clear answer is…”I’m the owner, i can do what I want”, but this isn’t good for morale. In fact, acting like this could mean you end looking at bankruptcy.You need to role model what you’d expect from your employees. This means being on time, being dedicated to your work, etc. This will usually come easy simply because it’s your business and you want it to succeed. Naturally, that lends itself to good, hard work. Role model what you want and the good ones should copy and follow your lead.
Set Achievable Targets
The setting of targets is nothing new. It’s a good way to manage performance. The way targets are born out vary from each industry to the next. However, you need to ensure these targets are fair and achievable. This means setting bespoke targets for each individual. It might take some time on your end, but it is a great thing to do as it really gets people’s attention. Hitting or exceeding the targets can be rewarded with monetary bonuses, or perhaps extra time off. The trick here is to ensure that the targets can be hit, but aren’t too easy to be hit. If they are easy then everyone will do it and you’ll be expected to pay out. What you give to one you have to give to the other.
Allow Flexible Working
Being productive sometimes means allowing flexibility. Some people are more productive at certain times where others aren’t. Other people work much better from home. You need to be flexible. Allow flexible working hours. People coming in at different times can work wonders. It allows them to start work at a time that suits them and their family, for example, after dropping the kids off at school. This won’t of course work for all industries as some work in specific, set hours. But if you can introduce an element of flexibility to the role of those in your business you’ll really see a difference. They’ll be more relaxed in work if they can finish whenever they want, provided they do the right hours over the week, and you’ll see an uptick in productivity, likely across the board. The benefit of people working from home is that if anything goes wrong at your place of work, you can expect people to work from home. This could be a power cut to, say, a global pandemic like Covid-19.
Provide A Good Break Room
The ability to take a step back from work and relax is a huge plus for productivity. This means you need to have a good break room for people to relax when they have lunch. Separating work for a short while means they can go back to it feeling completely fresh. It gives the mind a break. This is why it’s so important to have a break away from the desk or place of work. Ensure the break room is a nice play to be. It should have cooking facilities for your staff to use, as well as places to eat like tables and couches. Consider putting a TV in there too, for some background noise or so people can watch it. This is all dependent on the space you have of course. You might be surprised by what you can do in the space you have. Try speaking to your staff and seeing what they think about it. Getting their input may be vital and they’ll respect you all the more for it