As an employer, you are responsible for your employees. You want to help them be the best workers they can possibly be. The team and the structure of the business relies on that. It can be tough, especially for newer business owners, to know how to make their employees as productive as possible. However, there are some tips that could help you increase productivity in your employees.
Be True to Your Company’s Vision
It is your job to manage the employees at your company. The problem is so many managers will lie to their employers or omit important truths. If there is something going on in your company, have a business meeting. Talk to your employees about it. You can all come up with a plan together to make things better. If you are true to your company’s vision and your employees are connected with that as well, they may be more productive in helping to achieve business-related goals.
Getting to Know Your Employees
Another great way to increase productivity in your employees is by getting to know each and every one of them. This doesn’t mean you need to know what their ex-mother in law has said to their child. It just means to know what is going on in their life. Allow them to talk to you about how their children are doing in school, not taking up too much work-time, of course. If they are struggling with addiction, talk to them about getting rehab help. If they want to talk about their college class, allow them to do this. By getting to know your employees, they feel more connected to you and trust you more. This may motivate them more in their job-related duties.
Appreciate Your Employee’s Work
Employees want to be recognized. Even if they do the same job, day in and day out, they want their employer to appreciate what they are doing. This holds especially true for the employees who don’t make all that much. You can appreciate your employee’s work in many ways including:
- Thanking them for picking up an extra shift
- Telling them they did a wonderful job stocking shelves
- Saying you appreciate the extra paperwork they did
These are just some of the many ways you can appreciate an employee’s work. Try to give each of your employees a compliment at least once or twice a week. This might push them to do even more at work.
Let Them Come Up with Ideas
Many employees want the chance to show you what they are made of. They want the chance to show you ideas they have. Let them share those ideas with them and from time to time, let them run with those. People enjoy feeling free, especially when they are at work. It helps them to feel like they have some control. This is a great feeling to have while at work, because your employees may enjoy their job more, if they do. If an employee gives you an idea, help them come up with ways in which they can implement it.
Mentally Push Your Employees
Pushing your employees to do more than they think they are able to do is a great idea. Many employees are convinced they are only good at what they are currently doing. You may want to switch up the tasks they are doing. Having your employees try something new can be good for them. It can allow them to use strengths they may not have known they had. It can motivate them to try hard, so they can exceed your expectations as well.
Choose the Best Applicants
Another way to increase productivity in your employees is by choosing the best applicants. It can be tough to know who to hire, especially when you have tons of applicants. You can do the following:
- Ask questions related to productivity (give them situations and ask them what they would do)
- Look at their work history (for example, who stayed at another job for the longest)
- Have them explain to you what they would do in this job position
These are just some examples of how you can choose the best applicants. If you have a great team hired into your company, you are more likely to have productive employees.
As a business owner, your employees are an asset. You need to make sure you have the best employees working at your company. You want them to be as productive as possible. Start mentally pushing your employees, letting them come up with ideas, appreciating their work, getting to know them, and having them be a part of the company’s vision. These things can greatly increase productivity in your employees. If you do these things, your employees may be more likely to stay with your company long-term and work their hardest to achieve great things within the company.