The success of a business is hinged upon the performance of its employees. Even with all the other factors of production – land, capital, and enterprise – a business will not produce without labour.
The problem with labour is its complexity; it’s human. Although every boss wants his/her employees to always perform highly, few of these top decision makers know how to get the best out of their workforce. Here are our five top tips to help you improve employee performance in your business.
1. Enhance Communication
Have you ever seen a team of athletes that plays without communicating? They are not well coordinated, which basically makes them a bunch of guys doing their own things while wearing a similar outfit. The same team dynamics also apply teams off the playing field.
Top leaders need to encourage their employees to communicate freely both among themselves, and with the management. Encourage your employees to express their ideas, critics and concerns. Give your feedback on the issues they raise and let it be genuine.
Additionally, keep your employees in the loop. Let them know what is happening in their organisation. Why? Well, because nobody likes to be left out. (Source: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/7815-improve-employee-performance.html)
2. Provide training and equipment
Your employees need to be provided with the proper equipment and training to help them do their jobs better. A simple way of knowing what they need is to ask them.
3. Create a positive workspace
The work environment you provide for your employees greatly affects their performance. Positivity boosts productivity. Studies show that when an organisation institutes positive, virtuous practices, they are able to achieve higher levels of organisational effectiveness. (Source: https://hbr.org/2015/03/positive-teams-are-more-productive)
4. Enhance employee engagement
Ensuring that your employees are engaged is a certain way of improving productivity. Engaged employees are fully absorbed and enthusiastic about their work. When they are, employees will be more willing to take positive action to help the organisation further its reputation and interests.
5. Motivate your employees
Motivation is what drives us all. It’s what makes us push ourselves beyond our comfort zones. And we all have these “comfort zones”. They are the ones that prevent us from reaching our full potential. Motivation helps your employees push themselves out of these zones and by doing so improve their productivity. Learn what motivates your employees and use it to get better results from them. (Source: http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/09/23/motivation-drives-better-performance/18581.html)
CDL Insight Consulting understands that improving employee performance is not always easy. Ask us how we can help. Contact us today.