Increasing productivity in your small business is one of the biggest imperatives for you as an entrepreneur. More productive business means better business for you and your customers.
Your business productivity will depend on your own productivity, the productivity of your employees, and on the productivity of other systems that you have created, and on which will be based normal functioning of your small business. Because of that, every improvement in one of these three areas will bring improvement of your overall business productivity.
For example, we can use the math equation to explain this:
BP = EP + EmP + SP
- BP – Business Productivity
- EP – Entrepreneurial Productivity
- EmP – Employee’s Productivity
- SP – System’s Productivity
Now, let’s see what you can do to increase the amount of employee’s productivity. Here are seven tips that you can implement.
1. Setup Clear Goals
Always be sure that goals you have set up and which will need to be accomplished from your employees are clear goals. Unclear goals will bring uncertainty and confusion when your employees work on their everyday work tasks. You don’t want this uncertainty and confusion to bring negative consequences for your small business, because if this is the case, the productivity of your employees will be on the lowest possible level.
2. Productive Workplace
Make your work environment as much productive workplace as you can. The closest environment where your employees work and do the job on an everyday basis in your company can have a very large effect on their productivity. You need to think about possible interruptions, noisiness, properly organized working place, and everything where the job is done from the side of your employees.
3. Providing Necessary Tools
Provide all necessary tools that your employees will need for maximum productive workflow. Now, when you are sure that the goals are clear and already understood from your employees and their working environment is one of the most productive environment, you can think about possible tweaks of other elements related to the job as tools that they will need to use on an everyday basis to accomplish their working tasks.
As a first, be sure that every possible tool that will be required for tasks accomplishment will be there, on the right and most appropriate place and easily accessible from the employees who will need that tool.
4. Use Rewards
Use rewards for your most productive employees, not busiest one. This fourth tip is about the motivation. You already know that motivation is something that can have a powerful effect on productivity. But, you have to be cautious when it comes to motivation, especially about the rewards. Always reward only your most productive employees, and not the busiest one. Busy persons aren’t the most productive persons.
5. Understanding Their Roles
Help them to understand their role in your small business. Clear goals will show them the road that they will need to pass, but you are the entrepreneur, you are the person who is responsible for effectively managing your employees. Because of that, you are responsible to help them to understand their role in your small business success.
6. Limit Meetings in Your Organization
Use meetings only when they are really necessary. Meetings are important ways of communication in your small business, but often they can easily become the most unproductive process when it comes to productivity. Because of that use meeting only when you really need them.
7. Fluent Communication System
Implement fluently communication system between your working team. Today’s way of doing things in every small business in large part is based on communication between all members of your working team. Why not use the technology that will help you in improving the overall communication process in your company? There are many tools, find the best suitable for your business and implement them in everyday work.
Question: How are you dealing with increasing your employee’s productivity?