One of the most talked about topic by both employers and an employees alike is workforce productivity. The notion of productivity in general has to do with the relationship between outputs as against input; it has been available for several years and applied in many different environments on various levels of combination in the economic system. Some even argued that productivity is one of the most important basic variables governing economic production activities.
Managers have explicitly agreed we are in the era where demand for efficiency and productivity is a top priority than any other times in the past. Both employers and employees are striving to improve their performance. Employers are constantly working hard on many challenges to succeed putting their company ahead of competitors.
Sustained and improved productivity in the workplace is not an easy task to accomplish but it can also be boiled down to some simple concepts. Here I discussed three simple ways you can increase your employees’ productivity:
A Healthy Employee is a Productive Employee
Several research have been carried out to determine if there is relationship between employee health and productivity, most results shows that the health of employee had positive impact on the employee productivity.
A research by Norden on Working environment and productivity in Norway to test whether sickness absence is correlated with productivity shows a strong negative and correlation between sickness absence and company-level productivity. It was concluded thus that lowering sickness absence will have a positive impact on productivity, even though causality was not test.
Another study published by researchgate.net on Improving Employee Productivity Through Improved Health shows a strong evidence that investment in a healthy labour force helps to increase employees productivity level. There is a further suggestion from the findings that when a staff consults a health mentor, nurse or health promoter and there is a significant health improvement or health related risks is reduced, such a staff is likely to be more productive.
Workplace health promotion (WHP) is a common scheme used by most organisations to enhance on-the-job productivity according to a BMC Public Health research. Although Workplace Health Promotion (WHP) is not a mandatory strategy; however, investing in it can result in a more satisfied and healthier workforce, leading to increased productivity and reduced absenteeism. A healthy workforce is critical to productivity, which is also crucial for business success; Illness at the workplace can result in lost productivity.
Communication is one of the critical parts of business operations that can impact productivity. An effective system of communication in place can ease the difficulty in achieving goals and proper functioning of business processes. Effective and efficient communication means that employees should know the chain of command and expertise within an organisation, which will enable them to know who to reach out to as regards to any issue of concern in their job.
Findings from a research by Antony Ainobushoborozi indicated that in communication, asking for clarifications, collaboration at workplace to get jobs done and information provided at the right time about any change that that can affect jobs have significant statistical meaning to staff productivity in civil engineering jobs. It is recommended that any instruction from the managers at work should be clearly communicated and a communication system for effective and timely delivery of information on any changes that may affect jobs be established in order to attain any targeted level of productivity.
Improper communication can have a negative impact on employee engagement; it is not good that an employee will be updated on important issue about the organisation from outside sources such as the media, friends or family; employees should be informed of any development directly by the organisation as soon as possible. With the help of technology, we can now share information with each other by just a click of a button or with a touch on the screen.
Provide the right equipment
There is no better way to make employee happy and more productive other than to provide the right tools necessary for their job. The truth remains that no matter how dedicated an employee might be, without the right tools to complement their efforts, they may become less productive, stressed, sometimes frustrated and eventually become annoyed. Providing the right equipment simplifies the job progression, making the employees to get quick and accurate results, increases efficiency and averts early fatigue. Employees are usually the most precious resource an organisation has, so they should be given the right tools, training and innovations that are required to be more efficient and productive as possible.
According to Cleverism.com “employee training is one of the most important ways to drive productivity in the workplace.” When an employee is well-trained, he will not only work competently but they will be happier at work and become more productive.
Training is the systematic development of the attitude, skills and behaviour pattern required by an individual in order to be productive. A human capital asset is what differentiates a great business from a good one. Organizations that invest in effective training and development of their human assets tend to enjoy the benefits in terms of productivity.
Pierce Ivory is the Marketing Director at Advance Systems, a company that provides world-class enterprise workforce software. Involved in digital since 2010, Pierce completed a Master’s degree in digital marketing getting first class honors. He specializes in the field of people operations and HR management for B2B software companies. You can find Pierce on Twitter (@pkivory) and Linkedin.