Is your workplace as productive as it could be?
If you are being honest with yourself, you could likely do more to ensure that your employees work efficiently and effectively without burning out or incurring higher labor costs than you would like.
These six strategies could help you reach that goal.
- Invest in Better Connectivity
If you have yet to do so, invest in first-rate office connectivity. This includes a lightning-fast Internet connection beyond anything your employees would need in their homes, a modern VoIP phone system, and value-added services like a telephone answering service that can handle high volumes of inbound call traffic when your office is unstaffed.
- Use a Comprehensive Third-Party Logistics Solution
If your organization is struggling to keep up with complex logistics needs, it may be time to deploy a comprehensive third-party logistics solution. Companies like Phase V Fulfillment, a seasoned third-party logistics provider operated by Miami entrepreneur George Otte, provide a wide range of value-added services for organizations without the resources to handle their logistics needs internally.
- Empower Your Subordinates to Take the Initiative
Empower each team member to take the initiative within his or her remit. Provide ample latitude for employees to reach their own conclusions about how to prioritize the tasks and projects for which they are responsible; avoid micromanaging whenever possible. Coach or manage out team members that resist this initiative; when making new hires, look for candidates that have demonstrated initiative-taking in past positions.
- Reserve Only the Most Important Tasks For Yourself and Fellow Executives
Strengthen your process for delegating tasks to subordinates and reserve only the most important tasks for yourself. Among fellow upper managers, assign domains of responsibility around professional strengths and capabilities; your sales lead should work on the highest-value sales-related matters, and so forth.
- Develop Reasonable Personal Device and Social Media Policies
It is likely that your employees use their personal electronic devices for work, and mandating that they do otherwise may not be practical. However, you can and should develop reasonable policies around the use of those personal devices, including the websites and platforms your employees are permitted to access during work hours. Consider prohibiting unauthorized social media use altogether, or at least deploying a reasonable social media policy.
- Use Objective Metrics to Reward High Performers Without Favor
Encourage better employee performance (which necessarily means greater employee productivity) by using objective, replicable metrics to reward high-performing associates without favor or subjectivity. Over time, high-potential team members will adjust to comport with these metrics, increasing your organization’s output and helping you reach your strategic goals on schedule.
A More Productive Workplace Is Within Your Reach
Even if you are able to deploy just one or two of these productivity-enhancing strategies in the near term, that is certainly a start. Consider increasing your productivity initiative’s effectiveness by staggering strategies on a schedule that works for your business: perhaps one per quarter, or one every other quarter.
Over time, it’s likely that the results will speak for themselves. A more productive workplace is within your reach — as long as you take the first step.