Every company tries to get maximum productivity from their employees. It is one of the things that they need to give them the best shot towards gaining peak production levels and ultimately profitability. There are many reasons for the enhanced productivity that one can associate with employees in any company or organization.
If you want to know what can be done here, look at the following few approaches that I will discuss now.
- Training the Workforce
Not many companies like to hire people they have to train. It’s a common practice that we all want to have a team member or subordinate who is fully capable of doing his job. Training for employees is thus seen as a cost by all companies, but it is one that yields fruit for them in the future. How? Let me discuss it through some examples, as training is really important in every organization.
Think of a scenario where you have installed a new HRM software with enhanced features. Surely, most of the employees will not be aware of how to use that system perfectly. And if they are not able to do that, they will face difficulties in completing daily routine tasks like applying for leaves or checking how much additional time they have to send to complete their hours. That’s why training for all the employees for the latest HRM is necessary to keep up the productivity level of employees.
Training for labor and workforce who have to work on specialized machines following complex operating procedures is a must for the safety of machines and especially the workers. Any slight mishap can be deadly for a person, so until he is fully equipped and have ample knowledge of how to operate a machine through proper training, he shouldn’t be allowed to use it.
Another example can be of new employees who are skilled and somewhat experienced, too, but don’t know how to use the latest ERP system an organization uses. Training the employees about every new development or addition to the company is vital so that they can be a productive part of it and become an asset rather than a burden. Lack of training can be disastrous for any company, and that’s why every organization must know exactly when and what amount of training must be given to the employees.
- Little or No Micromanagement
After the required training of the employees, they must be allowed to work freely. For the best productivity, there shall be no restrictions on how an employee wants to work in a particular way. Don’t get the notion that I am talking about not following the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of a company nor I am talking about the rules and regulations that must be followed. I am referring to micromanagement, which can be annoying for an employee and can hamper his performance in the long run.
Micromanagement is not something that companies need to work on any level. It can have a drastic effect on the performance and, ultimately, productivity of the employees. If you think that keeping an eye on certain or all the employees is the right of the company related to their daily performance is justified, let me tell you why this is not a good idea.
An employer looks to get the most out of their employees to reach their goals. For any organization, micromanaging their employees will do the opposite so avoid it as much as possible. Let me tell you exactly the reason for this concern.
Micromanaging make any employee or worker think like he is being watched all the time because he is not good enough in his work. It’s quite natural that the performance and productivity level of any such person will only nosedive as he will uncomfortable doing any task. Without keeping a close eye for this purpose, the use of a task tracking software by the higher management is a much better option as the purpose will be achieved in this way and quite effectively too.
There can be many cases where an employee, when given a chance, will choose being free to work rather than a few financial benefits. Autonomy concerning the daily work will lead to higher employee productivity and satisfaction as they will complete their tasks with confidence while no one is watching over their shoulders.
- Appreciate and Respect your Employees
This can be termed as the logical extension of the previous point, as it is the opposite of what micromanagement does to the morale and confidence of an employee. Appreciation in the form of monetary benefits or pure respect in the treatment can make his performance skyrocket. Companies need to think of ways in which how they can help their employees reach their goal of working to their potential and commitment. A small appreciation can go a long way in making a person think that his efforts are valued in the company.
According to research, employees in many companies don’t give their 100% because they know that they will not get their due credit as in the past. If the performance of a team or an individual remains on the lower side, you can now easily guess which factor to consider. Another aspect of when a person wrongfully or by mistake gets the credit of someone else’s work is a sensitive matter for the affected person. The role of a manager here is of great importance so that he can make sure such scenarios don’t arise at all or take good care of this aspect.
Respect of employees, no matter how junior they are, or which work is assigned to them, is also an important factor. Just think of a junior officer being ridiculed for coming late in front of his whole team or given an ultimatum to get brisk sales, otherwise he will be fired, can make lose his focus on his job and instead he will just try to save his job rather than think of doing their job with dedication and commitment. And this is a bad omen for a company.
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