Getting the most out of your staff needn’t mean working them to the bone
We’re all familiar with the feeling that there just aren’t enough hours in the day, and for entrepreneurs this feeling can be particularly strong. Making sure productivity remains high in your business might seem like a daily battle, but no employer wants to be seen as a tyrannical boss who’s only interested in meeting targets.
Thankfully, ensuring a good performance from your employees doesn’t have to come at the cost of their wellbeing. In fact, most of the time productivity and job satisfaction go hand in hand. According to Forbes, satisfied, supported and highly engaged team show 21% greater profitability on average.
With that in mind, here are five ways business owners can improve productivity within their organisation, without satisfying employee wellbeing in the process.
Cultivate a positive environment
A supportive atmosphere is key to hard work and happiness. Studies show that job satisfaction is higher in businesses that cultivate a positive company culture, which in turn creates better efficiency and more dedicated employees. Staff who feel like they can trust their seniors, or come to them with personal issues, are far more likely to work hard and stick around. Encouraging team spirit with regular check-ins, meet ups and outings is a great way to bring a sense of unity to your business, even when teams are working remotely.
Make sure the right tools are in place
However said that a poor workman blames his tools clearly never tried to do a job without the necessary tools in place. Having the right equipment for the job may not mean hammers and nails in your business, but ensuring employees have access to all the necessary software, devices, logins and information for their role will improve their job performance and make the working day less of a headache for them.
Focus on wellness
It might sound counter to productivity, but by placing the focus on employee wellness rather than productivity itself, you’re far more likely to benefit both parties in the long run. Not only will it help to keep your staff happy, but it will also help you foster that positive culture we talked about, and therefore create a more loyal and eager workforce.
Simple things, like offering desirable breaks and perks, can make all the difference when it comes to improving employee moods and employee retention rates.
Use positive reinforcement and constructive criticism
Positive reinforcement and constructive criticism are two of the most powerful tools at your disposal when communicating with your employees about their work. Some employers are guilty of believing positive feedback creates a false sense of security, leading to reduced work quality. However, in reality the opposite is true. Employees who feel they are both valued and good at their jobs are far more likely to work hard and create stellar results.
Ensure any criticism you do provide is constructive, rather than simply demotivating. This can help you create a sense of fulfilment and ambition within your team.
Listen, learn and evolve
86% of employees believe that it creates a more positive work environment when employers listen directly to their staff, according to research from CultureHQ. Whether it’s a work issue or a personal one, letting your team know that you are willing to listen to their concerns is a key step in creating both a stronger work ethic and a sense of community within your business. Cultivating employee wellbeing allows you to reach new heights within your business, without pushing staff to their limits.