A study states that 53% of the employees are less productive when the workplace temperature is too cold! Another study states that 71% of employees found themselves more productive when there was mild music played when they worked.
In yet another survey, a stronger and well-designed office space seems to make employees up to 33% happier at work. Happier employees end up being more productive. Clearly, the workplace environment has a clear relationship with employee productivity.
You could start by conducting a survey to see how your employees view their current workplace and what kind of changes they would like to like, to enjoy the ambience better. Create changes based on this.
All organizations have a separate L&D team that works on creating modules and planning workshops and training sessions. How effective these are is a question that definitely needs to be answered. Many training modules are outdated, don’t add much value to the employee’s skills, and were designed years ago.
For learning and training to affect employee productivity positively, they need to be upgraded regularly. Include training sessions that can directly help the employee improve skills or learn something relevant to the work they do. Offer programs that the employees are actually excited about.
All organizations need to start doing this, whether they are trying to act on their workers’ productivity levels or not.
According to a global study, an employee who works about 40 hours/week seems to be spending up to 21.5 hours a week on meetings. That’s more than 50% of the employee productivity time gone into talking and discussing.
That’s why it is very important to make sure such meetings are purposeful. You can optimize meetings in the following ways.
Your employee could be a great performer and could have shown consistent productivity levels in the past. However, you must be aware that employee productivity levels can dip when someone has physical/mental health issues.
That is why it is critical for organizations to start regularly promoting employees’ physical and mental well-being. Some of the things you can do are:
All these, when practiced regularly, will help improve employee productivity levels over time.
Rewards and recognition that an employee receives at the workplace go a long way in helping them feel valued and, as a result, promote employee productivity. Therefore, apart from doing all the above, it is important for organizations to invest in R&R programs.
Start by evaluating the existing process and find out if it is compelling enough. See if your program is making the below mistakes commonly found in many R&R processes.
Employee productivity could sometimes increase drastically by just tweaking the R&R system without doing anything else. When employees are recognized and valued for the work they do, they are happy and satisfied. This automatically improves productivity levels.
Also, human beings are trained to repeat a behaviour that was rewarded in the past. As a result, when you consistently reward and recognize employees for their productivity and skills, they get better at them and this holds true for employee productivity levels too.
Some people may argue that constant monitoring and follow-ups increase employee productivity. This is not true at all. Whatever productivity is forced from employees because of constant monitoring and follow-ups only leads to reduced quality and efficiency. This cannot be maintained long-term either.
Micromanagement can kill employees’ creativity, imagination, and self-reliance. You do not want that to happen at all. A study says that up to 85% of employees feel demoralized when they experience micromanagement. Demoralization is definitely going to affect employee productivity negatively.
Create the right expectations at work. Make sure your employees know and understand timelines and goals. Let them take ownership of the task after that. Make sure managers are always available for feedback and reviews when needed. Otherwise, they can steer clear of constant monitoring. This small change will help improve employee productivity considerably.
The last two years of remote working have helped organizations to explore flexible work like never. A remote collaborative worker survey states that 77% of employees show improved productivity levels when working offsite.
Also, another survey states that up to 64% of management experienced improved employee productivity levels when they promoted flexible working at the workplace.
Employees put their best foot forward when they are allowed to be independent. Flexibility in work mode and timings can bring miraculous changes in employee productivity levels. Give this a try.
Employee productivity is one of the most vital factors determining the overall success rate of a workplace. That is why organizations need to start measuring, monitoring, and improving this religiously. Here are some examples of how productivity in the workplace affects other factors.
High productivity levels cannot be forced on employees. If it is forced, it will either not last long or will come with compromises in quality.
So, make sure you practice the above tips to increase employee productivity levels organically. Make sure you give each of these processes enough time (at least one quarter) before you expect results.
If you think it is your rewards and recognition system that is causing the productivity dip, then the easiest way of improving employee productivity is to tweak this system. Get in touch with PossibleWorks to know how best to do this.