Sep 08, 2021

What Can Managers do to Boost Employee Productivity?

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Improving employees’ productivity is like an overdue file that keeps making its presence felt at the manager’s desk. No matter how hard they try, there is always a clause or a page that remains incomplete. Managers across every domain face similar problem when it comes to increasing employees’ productivity. There are multiple reports that say employee productivity has not grown as it should’ve been. The slim growth reveals that something needs to be done right by the firms and of course managers to get better at employee productivity. 

There are many tricks in the book, but rummaging through them can be time consuming and futile. To make every manager’s life easier and make every firm prosper, here are four practical ways to live by if you want to be a better leader at work and inspire your employees every day at the office. 

4 Tips for Managers to Boost Employee Productivity  

1. Incentives: ‘One’ for ‘All’, not ‘All’ for ‘One’ 
One of the best ways to encourage employees to be more efficient is actually to give them a reason to do so. Recognizing your people for a job done well will not only make them feel appreciated but also encourage them to continue increasing their productivity. 
But there’s a natural tendency for management to focus most heavily on senior-level economic incentives. While this is understandable, it’s best not to neglect substantive incentives for lower-level employees.   
While some may argue that it can be a costly affair, experts say that a carefully structured program with clearly defined revenue and/or earnings targets can work like a charm, both for an employee and manager. 

2. Say it When You Mean it and Mean it When You Say it OR Communicate Richly 
Meaningful feedback is a foundational management skill that can have a significant impact on an employee’s productivity. Undeniably, feedback should not always be positive, rather it should be encouraging. Managers and employees communicating effectively about the problems and improvements will create a holistic environment to work. 
So, providing constructive feedback on a regular basis, be it encouragement for a job well done or advice on a presentation gone awry, will make a massive difference to the productivity of a firm.

3. Value. Support. Recognize. (VSR) 
Three words that can’t be stressed enough. It’s essential that every manager understands and abides by these words in their tenure. A manager’s support in times of need won’t be forgotten. In fact, it builds employee goodwill and loyalty. A situation where an employee is valued and recognized for their work can have a positive impact on them as compared to the contrary situation. 
That’s not to say that unwarranted praises will do the trick. Recognition at the right time (say for getting a client on board) is often a more powerful motivator than money. Value your employees, support them during rough times, and recognize their hard work and achievements. 

4. Make Yourself a Priority 
Yes, you read that right. The best investment you will ever make as a manager is in yourself. In fact, this is a move that will put the aforementioned points into action. Get enough sleep, use your time wisely, and always surround yourself with people who share your values and push you to achieve. Doing things that will make you a better leader or a person will let you have more time to tend to the needs of your employees. 
So, to say that increasing the productivity of a firm is just in the hands of a few individuals is incorrect. It’s an amalgamation of effort by everyone who is a part of the firm. 

In conclusion, boosting employee productivity is a multifaceted challenge that requires a thoughtful and proactive approach from managers. By implementing these four tips—fostering a positive work environment, encouraging continuous learning, setting clear and achievable goals, and recognizing and rewarding achievements—managers can create a thriving workplace where employees feel valued and motivated.  
These strategies not only enhance productivity but also contribute to higher job satisfaction and retention rates. Ultimately, a dedicated and engaged workforce is the cornerstone of any successful organization, and the role of a manager in cultivating this environment cannot be overstated. 

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