Strategies for Improving Team Productivity
As a leader one of your most important daily tasks is ensuring that your team are motivated and productive. This is not always an easy task and there is no one size fits all solution as each business and/or employee will have their own idiosyncrasies or things that motivate them.
Key Strategies for Improving Team Productivity
- Performance Measures. Ensure all team members are aware of the key performance indicators (KPIs) associated with their role and provide them feedback at regular intervals as to how they are performing against expectations.
- Standing over your team will rarely develop productive, happy and innovative workers. Allow your team to come up with their own solutions and ways of meeting daily tasks.
- Positive Feedback. As anyone that has read ‘The One Minute Manager’ would know, catch your team doing something right. Praise for a job well done does wonders for an employee’s self-esteem, confidence and productivity.
- Constructive Criticism. If a team member is not performing, provide timely feedback as to the problem and work out how ‘we’ will can address the issue in question. Never make criticism personal!
- Be consistent. Always deliver on your promises and be consistent and fair with your treatment of staff. Also if you have a team goal or mission, ensure that your actions and that of the team are aligned with the goal.
- Know your team. Take the time to know your staff, showing an interest in their interests shows you care and helps create honest, open communication and more loyal workers.
- The little things. Small gestures do not go un-noticed. Running around grumbling about cost cutting will not improve staff morale. Small things like ensuring the team room is well stocked, fixing broken equipment, providing a morning tea to celebrate some success etc will not cost a fortune but will show staff you care.
- What can you stop doing. Sometimes team productivity can be improved by stopping certain tasks. Imagine the effect on productivity if you eliminated ineffective meetings, stop making assumptions, stop making excessive policies for employees to follow etc.
- Studies have shown that employees want to do good work and if they feel they are being fairly compensated for it then extra money and fancy offices will not consistently increase productivity. Find what motivates each employee, it may be better work/life balance or more peer recognition etc, and develop a strategy to get the most from them.
If you need advice on improving staff productivity, talk to a business consultant from Watts Price Accountants today about what can be achieved.
Richard Kemp – Watts Price Accountants
The advice provided on this Article is general advice only. It has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs.