Getting the most out of your time at the office is a top priority for everyone, but longer hours at work do not necessarily equate to a higher yield. The key to increasing productivity is to respect your employees as individuals; get the right people in the right jobs, give them a vision to strive for, checkpoints to make sure they’re on track short-term, and a reason to come to work every day.
Staff are much more likely to be self-motivated if they are engaged and stimulated by the work they are doing, so investing time in ensuring that employees feel valued is really worthwhile for the increase in productivity that it will inspire.
The first step to increasing productivity in a team is to ensure that you have the best people in that team. Individuals who are smart, resourceful and proactive are vital to creating a team environment where high levels of productivity will be an achievable priority without negatively impacting the quality of work. Ensuring that teams consist of people with similar work ethics and values such as ambition, commitment and positivity will encourage a self-propagating standard of excellence in teams who enjoy working together.
Having motivated people is a good start, but to really maximise productivity these people need to know how they fit in with the overall vision of the business. This is best achieved by talking to individuals about their role and exactly how their work will contribute to achieving business aims. Establish detailed long term goals and assign responsibility to individuals so they can really see how their personal engagement and productivity will impact the business.
Short Term Checkpoints
Business targets provide team members with a useful long term vision, but getting there is not always plain sailing. Short term checkpoints act as motivation boosters and focus reviews to make sure that teams are striving to achieve their goals in the most efficient way possible. It is easy to become distracted or disheartened with longer term goals which can appear impossible to surmount, but these checkpoints ensure that teams get back on track and can reestablish their focus.
Perhaps the most powerful productivity booster is purpose. Employees who have a clear understanding of why they are performing certain tasks and are satisfied that they are performing them for good reason are the ones who are most self-motivated. As Jules Hopkins says, “if you know why you’re doing what you’re doing it’s much more compelling. It’s what’s going to get you out of bed in the morning because you know you’re going to be creating opportunities for people - that’s highly highly motivating”. The previous points of vision and checkpoints can really help people to establish their purpose, so combining all these steps is an effective way of starting invaluable conversations on how to boost business strategy and increase productivity within teams.