First things first, there is no way that you and for that matter anyone can hope to achieve employee productivity without good management. There is a huge amount of money that big business houses all around the world loose on a daily and monthly basis, mostly because of disenchanted workers. On the other hand, from the perspective of a small business owner it is comparatively easier to keep your employees motivated. And for a noted and proven fact a motivated employee is always a productive one. Here are four simple but sure shot management techniques that improve employee productivity for business owners and that keep your employees happy and motivated.
1. AWARDING RECOGNITION
As the saying goes, “People work for money but go the extra mile for recognition.” Studies have already proven that 70 percent of all employees are much more motivated by recognition than by monetary rewards. Being acknowledged for their work and performance tends to create an emotional commitment in the employees towards their job. Which results directly in increased effort (i.e., better productivity and improvement to your bottom line).
2. TRANSPARENT COMPANY GOALS AND CONSISTENT FEEDBACK.
Having transparent company goals and sharing them with all the employees helps them understand the real meaning of their day to day tasks and the actual value they bring to the job. Monthly or quarterly check-ins to provide the necessary feedback even if that includes constructive criticism should definitely be put into use. A mere amount of justified criticism always goes hand in hand with the praises and recognition if necessary. Holding employee’s accountable increases their likeliness of improving, delivering and understanding their goals.
3. SAY NO TO MICROMANAGEMENT
There is a reason why everyone has been allotted the role and position they are in. A little help never hurts but, this shouldn’t change into a habit of micromanagement. No one likes the feeling of having a boss constantly looking over his or her shoulder. Be a leader who gives his employees enough autonomy to feel encouraged, motivated, and trusted to do a good job. Help them, by guiding them the way and offering assistance whenever needed. And then step back, relax and enjoy the show.
4. LEAD BY EXAMPLE
A good leader should always lead by example. By walking your talk, you achieve the motive of other people under you wanting to follow you. Saying something and doing something completely different is one of the worst things you could do. Which leads to destroying all the trust and faith that your employees should have in you. If being stressed and dissatisfied is what you are always then what kind of standard does that set for your employees? You have to be the first one to instill in them a sense of trust in your working relationship.