Have you noticed that your company is not as productive as you think (and know!) it could be? Perhaps there is something you can do as the owner or director to boost productivity in the workplace. Remember, the buck stops with you as the saying goes, so let’s look at five things you can do to get the ball rolling again.
1. Clearly Outline Projects and Tasks
One of the biggest obstacles to a company’s productivity is poorly outlined projects and tasks. You can never assume your team knows what your goals are and what tasks need to be completed in what order, so why not give them digital project management tools? This typically refers to software that can be accessed, as needed, by team members who need to know the importance of tasks and the order in which you need them completed. This is the ultimate boost in productivity, so if you are already using the tips below, project management tools should be added to your corporate arsenal.
Even as a team leader or foreman, you may have more on your plate than you can possibly get to. Isn’t it time to delegate some of your responsibilities to employees you know can handle the task? One way to increase your own productivity is to delegate some of your tasks to those who can be trusted to get the job done. This frees you to do bigger tasks that can’t be overseen by anyone but you.
Communication is vital if you want to run a tight ship. Not only can you understand why certain employees aren’t completing tasks timely but you can also assuage any fears or concerns they may have about the job or company security. Communication between management and employees is vital for smooth operations, so always leave the door open, even if it means appointing a liaison to do the communicating for you.
4. Keep Goals Realistic
One of the things management is likely to do is set timetables that simply can’t be met. Whether it’s a delay in the delivery of materials or illness of key team members, you can expect delays so plan for them. Keep your goals realistic so that if work is completed early, you are ahead of the game. In fact, here it might be wise to set up some kind of a rewards or bonus system so that jobs completed early are rewarded for a team effort.
5. Reduce Stress in the Workplace
That liaison mentioned above can be a huge step in reducing stress in the workplace. Sometimes an employee has issues they are dealing with which keep them from being as productive as they usually are. Whether it’s stress at home or concerns over job security, a company liaison can act as a sort of counselor to help address those issues while keeping management informed so that critical decisions can be made. Sometimes it only takes lending an ear to iron out any concerns an employee may have, and a liaison can be the ear they need.
Each of the above can help boost productivity in your company, but perhaps the most useful of all would be those project management tools. If you want to keep people on task, define tasks, set goals and make them accessible with the project management platform of your choice.
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