Employee productivity is an important element to running any business. This excerpt from Forbes Magazine provides an interesting perspective on turning the microscope back on the managers and leaders of a company for creating an engaging work environment that fosters productivity.
Statistically studies find that non management employees can easily become disengaged and these practical suggestions can be used as steps towards creating a more productive work environment.
Think monetary incentives for lower-level employees. An incentive program, whether monetary or otherwise, has to be carefully structured, and include clearly defined revenue, goal and/or earnings targets.
Feedback is a necessary management skill and it best done on regular intervals with the focus on building the relationship between employee and Manager. Positive reinforcement and corrective suggestions done respectfully are a great tool for keeping employees productive.
Training for Managers:
Leadership and Management are not the same thing. There’s a tendency for companies to invest heavily in “leadership training” while focusing far less on manager roles. Managers provide direction and set the culture at the grass roots of an organization. Give Managers the tools and training to be the best they can be and watch your productivity soar.
Praise immediately and Praise Often:
Management has the most to gain and the least to lose by providing praise and recognition when it’s warranted. Recognition is often a more powerful motivator than money. Plus it creates great corporate culture.
Lead by Example
Nothing demoralizes employees more quickly than seeing senior leaders act in a way they don’t respect or with little integrity. Few things energize employees more than a senior team they admire and can learn from. Managers are always being watched and judged.
People want to feel like they make a difference at work and finding ways to praise, reward and recognize these efforts goes a long way toward a high performance work environment.