Human resource management, at its very core, is about maximizing talent within an organization to achieve its goals. This is the reason why for decades, HR managers have been experimenting with ways to improve worker satisfaction as this can significantly reduce labor-related costs while still achieving profit.
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In recent years, many technology companies have developed tools that would increase the efficiency and productivity of employees. These tools would normally eliminate mundane, repetitive tasks so employees can focus on more important matters.
With the proliferation of technology in the office, many HR professionals tend to forget that productivity isn’t just about equipping the workers with the right tools; it’s also about cultivating a positive attitude and work ethics in the workplace. Technology can’t easily address both of these.
However, intangibles, like having comfortable working conditions, fostering healthy relationships among workers, and having a fun company culture, are proven ways to motivate employees to be more productive.
In fact, various researches have shown a correlation between worker satisfaction and the success of a company. It’s up to HR teams and managers to find out what changes they can implement to improve worker satisfaction and productivity.
Before jumping into implementing new policies, a thorough research should be done first. Start by identifying the productivity levels of your employees and teams with the help of a performance tracking system. Provide feedback based on the results. Listen and learn from your employees. By keeping communication lines open, you’ll find out why some employees are motivated and productive while some are not.
Based on the most common reasons, you’ll now be able to map out an employee engagement plan. Here are the common reasons and their corresponding solutions that you can include in your plan:
- If employees feel underappreciated
One of the common reasons why employees are demotivated and unproductive is because they feel that they don’t get enough recognition. If most of your employees feel this way, you can set up a rewards program in the form of bonuses, prizes, sponsored training, and the likes. You can also organize contests to encourage them to reach specific KPIs.
- If employees are burned out
While we want employees to deliver 100% every day at work, pushing them too much can lead to burn out. This can cause major problems down the line aside from the decline in productivity.
Encourage them to have a healthy work-life balance. You can increase the number of your vacation leave, organize game nights every month, or offer discounted gym memberships.
Most importantly, you have to assess the workload and distribution among each team and the members. Maybe it’s time to hire a new employee.
- If employees feel stuck
Growth is an important aspect for many professionals. Companies who encourage employees to take career development studies, keep up with latest technological changes in the industry, and trust their employees with important work are rewarded with loyalty.
For more ways on how to improve employee productivity, check out this infographic from e-days.