As a leader of a business, company or organization, you’ve probably already learned to make things smoother for everybody by planning, prioritizing, and streamlining work.
The challenge is, how can you help others in your team do the same?
The truth of the matter is, we all want to be productive, but the challenge has always been on how to actually do it.
More often than not, we all have too much to do, and too little time to do it.
Though there are really no hard and fast rules to it, there are tested and proven methods to explode your team’s productivity which ultimately increases revenue.
In this entry, we’ll talk about four of these methods.
Set An Example
The first and most important step to establishing order in your organization is to show good time management practices yourself.
Being smart on how to allocate the hours of your workday shows your team how you want things to be done.
Show your team how you handle meetings on time, respond to their emails, and how you do the projects you sign on for.
If you think you’re being too stretched and your schedule is overloaded with work, then think strategically about your own time.
Don’t just become a boss, be a leader. Exhibit the model behavior that you want to see from your team.
Set an Effective Platform for Communication
McKinsey Global Institute suggests that, when your employees are connected, they can boost their productivity up to a whopping 25%.
This translates to productivity of over $1.3 trillion a year worldwide.
Communication indeed, has a standard to keep your team productive.
These standards are set as to how team members are supposed to communicate with both internal and external stakeholders.
So how do you set the standards?
Experts suggest that the best way to develop a good line of communication is to establish and develop it right at the first meeting.
To boost your team’s productivity, it is important to develop and utilize communication with set rules of standards that will guide each team member as to what they’re supposed to do and how they should communicate.
Distractions and interruptions are the biggest hurdles of productivity, and in all honesty, they’re almost impossible to get rid of.
You can however, minimize them. One of the best ways to do is to provide a quiet and distraction-free environment.
Surveys say an average employee is interrupted every 3 minutes and 5 seconds.
And it would take 23 minutes to get back to where they were previously.
Surveys also shows 49% of tasks in private offices are interrupted on a daily basis, and this percentage rises all the way up to 63% in open-plan offices.
For workspaces where employees don’t have their own office, you can also create an “Interruption-Free Zone” where anyone who needs privacy and doesn’t want to be distracted can go there.
You can also encourage your employees to use a calendar, so if someone needs an uninterrupted hour, they can block off their calendar.
If your company has a hard driving work culture, you might want to consider mandatory breaks for your team.
Research actually shows that predictable time off improves both employee’s morale and productivity.
Have a scheduled downtime for your team members to relax or even take a power nap. You can even create a dedicated nap room.
Of course it is still important to communicate exactly when you expect from your team so they know their boundaries.
Again, there are no hard and fast rules to boost your team’s productivity.
There are however, strategies to make the whole process of daily business operations smooth-sailing, and these are just four of the many strategies you can implement.
By using strategies, you will not only improve the productivity of your team, but also even tap their hidden competitive advantage to catapult your company forward.