As we slowly start to settle into the New Year, and festive get togethers are gradually replaced by the more familiar hustle of the 9-5, it’s time to start putting into action those bold goals you put in place as 2016 came to a close. And what better place to start in your quest for a better, more productive 2017 than with your people? After all, they’re the ones you’ll be relying on to execute your business strategies.
So how do you go about equipping your employees with the correct tools to up productivity and improve efficiency as you step into 2017? Instead of relying on the latest quick-fix methodology and training techniques, rather commit to creating a more engaging, uplifting culture, one that inherently improves overall health, morale and wellbeing, which will ultimately translate to better business results.
Here are five easy ways to enhance workforce productivity and create a culture of success in 2017:
Give your employees a sense of purpose
The oldest and most effective way to boost business-wide productivity is to help your team understand exactly what they are working toward, so be sure to share your organisation’s vision, mission and goals regularly, so as to remind your employees that they are part of something greater. Not only will this push your team to be more productive in their daily tasks, but will also give them a sense of purpose and add real meaning to even the dreariest of tasks.
Focus on the happy factor
Too many hours spent slogging away at menial tasks can have a negative impact on employee behaviour and productivity. Millennials in particular place more value on maintaining a work-life balance than previous generations, and they can become very frustrated if they spend too much time in front of their screens. Offering your team the option to work flexible hours is a great way to acknowledge their need to fulfill personal goals, and is likely to result in more sporadic but harder work. If the nature of your NFP doesn’t cater for flexi-time, consider setting up a weekly “chill hour” instead, during which you encourage your team to get together and unwind.
Set the standard
If you want your employees to be engaged and driven, you’ll need to lead from the front. Make sure that you adhere to your own guidelines, demonstrating fairness and accountability in order to build a stronger relationship between management and staff. Leaders who show a true commitment to their cause often find the same level of enthusiasm reflected in their teams.
Set development goals
It’s all good and well to set goals for your organisation, but if you really want to gain buy-in from your team, it’s important to align those goals with your employees’ career paths. People are more committed to companies that show equal commitment to them, and are more likely to work hard when they know that their efforts will lead to promotion, or equip them with the skills they need to advance in their careers.
Give them a break
While keeping a close watch on performance is essential for the health of any business, it‘s also important to realise that your workforce is made up of human beings who need a break from time to time. So don’t see holidays as a threat to your organisation, but rather as an essential facet of your culture – after all, if your employees don’t recharge their batteries from time to time, your business will feel the sting of their fatigue. So encourage your employees to take regular time outs, which will help to sustain energy levels and keep your business feeling fresh and creative.
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