As a business owner it can be frustrating at times when you wish you could get more out of your staff. Gone are the days of when you get the best results by leading with an iron fist!

Productivity is a huge challenge for the UK. It is getting worse rather than better. Many businesses that we speak with do not understand how to measure productivity effectively nor put steps in place to improve it.

This week we give 3 quick ways of improving your productivity this February.

Step 1 – introduce a continuous improvement culture

Whether you have been running your business for 2 or 20 years, one of the biggest threats you could face is that your workforce is simply not open to change. This leaves you with massive challenges as your business will be less likely to face new challenges and remain agile. In order to tackle this, it is imperative that you encourage your staff to think innovatively and offer ideas on how things can be improved. An easy way to achieve this is to encourage staff ownership of process and procedure. Actively discuss processes as much as possible, and challenge staff to come up with ideas to make things better. If you like reading, you may want to read ‘Black Box Thinking’ by Matthew Syed which looks at how continuous improvement in industries such as the airline industry has meant a huge reduction in deaths due to human error. Once you have read the book, pass it on to your teams!

Step 2 – Discourage distractions

The culture of your organisation will denote how you manage distractions, but one of the biggest distractions for UK industry workforce is social media. Social media can be a huge productivity killer, but it isn’t practical to have a no-phone policy. Instead, try to keep employees focused and engaged while allowing them breathing room.

Encourage employees to turn off their mobiles but take regular breaks during which they can be free to check their phones. This will ensure that the time spent at their desk is more productive.

Step 3 – Offer Support and Set Realistic Goals

A common problem for managers is having no clear, strong sense of whether their employees are high-performing or not.

Do your employees need an incentive to stay on track? Help them by offering goals that are achievable. Provide clear direction to supervisors and employees to help clarify expectations. This will help to increase their productivity, as they will have a clear focus and clear goals.

If you have any questions about how you can improve productivity in the workplace, get in touch with us for a no obligation discussion.