Have you thought about workplace productivity lately? If not, you’re probably wasting precious time and resources.

If that’s you, you’re not alone. One recent study showed half of companies surveyed worldwide had reported a significant drop in employee engagement, which was the most recorded in the past fifteen years.

What happens when productivity drops? According to Gallup, workers who are disengaged had 37% higher absenteeism, 49% more accidents, and 60% more errors in their work.

A drop in workplace efficiency is not a problem you can afford to ignore.

Fortunately, there are several ways you can boost productivity in a fairly short period of time:

1. Show Employees You Care

You may be thinking, “Of course I care about my employees!” It’s likely that you do. However, the issue is that you must show your employees you care so they know you value and appreciate them.

Valued, happy employees are more productive.

Although this can be done though gifts given as rewards, consider this issue on a deeper level. How many employees do you know by name? How many names do you know of their family members? When someone feels known, they feel valued.

Showing genuine compassion for your employees and their needs won’t make you a pushover, it will make you a better boss. Don’t be surprised when you see employee engagement and productivity rise.

2. Give Employees the Tools They Need

Is there anything more frustrating than being given a job you are ill-equipped to perform? Make sure each employee has the physical and educational tools they need to complete each task.

How can you do this?

  • Have a system in place to regularly check all equipment so that productivity is not lost due to malfunctioning computers or machines.
  • Schedule training sessions for employees so they can continue their education and learn new skills.
  • Check regularly for software upgrades or new programs which offer updated functions and features.
  • Consider investing in laptops or tablets which employees can take home, allowing work to be done away from the office.

On top of these things, consider implementing a waiting line management system. By reducing customer wait times, employee productivity will increase exponentially.

3. Communicate Clearly

Many workplace issues can be chalked up to simple misunderstandings and miscommunications. This most commonly happens when expectations are not clearly laid out for specific tasks.

Make sure the instructions you give and the results you are looking for are not vague.

Unfortunately, most bosses aren’t clear. In fact, 69% of bosses admit they are uncomfortable communicating with their employees. Don’t allow yourself to fall into this trap.

4. Be Approachable

Did you know that about half of employees quit their jobs because of their boss? This number is astounding, but it is also fixable.

Don’t allow yourself to manage from your office. Be among your employees and work with them when the situation calls for it.

Be approachable and friendly, so you can head off potential issues before someone quits out of frustration. Sitting in your office for eight hours without leaving should never be an option.

5. Build a Family Atmosphere

Although it may sound silly, it shouldn’t. Many full-time employees spend significantly more time with their work ‘family’ than they do with their own. Employee productivity increases when it’s clear that employees care for one another.

So give employees opportunities to collaborate together on projects. Make sure you celebrate victories together as a team.

Foster good relationships and be vigilant of situations that can cause conflict and a lack of unity. As care and compassion grows in the workplace, productivity is sure to follow.

How Do You Increase Productivity?

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Gary Anderson
Gary Anderson is a freelance writer from Los Angeles, California. With over 10 years of experience writing for various business industry-related publications, he is an accomplished writer and editor. In his free time, he enjoys hiking in the hills of Southern California.
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