Everyone says that the secret to small business sustainability is customer happiness. That is absolutely right but there are many who ignore the path to customer happiness: employee happiness. Only when you manage to boost employee performance can you expect your business growth strategies to work. And, only when you make sure your employees are happy will they work to their maximum.
Thus, checking our employee productivity statistics and taking measures to promote happiness in the workspace is highly advisable.
Cut Down The Unproductive Hours by Promoting Communication
A recent analysis showed that out of an average 45 hours in a week, 17 hours are spent on totally unproductive things. Employees get easily distracted or simply wile time away for different reasons. The best way to overcome this problem is communicating. Keep in touch with your employees every day and ask questions. Your communication channels must preferably always be open.
Choose Software Wisely and Ensure Everyone is Given Detailed Training
More than 50% employees relate their productivity to the software they work with. This implies that complicated software can cause frustration and lower productivity. Lack of training, choosing software that are not user-friendly, and expecting employees to learn on their own without a demo are the main reasons behind this. You are advised to choose software that complements you as well as your employees. Also, you should make it a point to talk to them about it, provide adequate training, and support as and when required so that the software actually boosts employee performance.
Keep Your Meetings Short
Over 65% of employees have reported that they find meetings unhelpful. Managers and seniors usually insist on meetings every week because they believe it helps with talent management. While that is true, spending too many hours on meetings can be a productivity killer because it wastes a lot of time. Stand up meetings must be considered, which are shorter and quicker. Also, calling for meetings only when absolutely necessary instead of making it mandatory every week is recommended.
Additional Tips to Increase Employee Performance and Happiness
- Allow social networking breaks and music breaks: Studies have shown that there is 9-10 percent increase in productivity with this change.
- Start appreciating and show it: When employees feel appreciated and recognized, they automatically start working harder.
- Start using tools that help productivity: Evernote, Trello, and Wunderlist are some examples of productivity enhancing tools.
Small amends in the work culture can give you significant results.
Studies have shown that employees don’t work to their potential because of the lack of a productive environment. It is time to change that by taking simple measures such as providing user friendly software, enabling easy communication, and cutting down on meetings so that you save time.