In any business, productivity is key to both success and gradual growth. What many business owners do not realize, however, is that productivity has just as much to do with a workplace environment as with the employees in it. Here are four of the best ways to promote productivity by creating a positive work environment.
Always Recognize Good Work:
Like anyone else, your employees need positive reinforcement when they have done something well. When someone does a good job, make sure to recognize them for their efforts. Every employee under your supervision should know that he or she is a valued member of your business team. Even something as simple as saying “good job” can go a long way toward fostering a positive and productive environment.
Encourage Employees With Incentives:
Another great way to foster productivity is to set incentives for reaching preset goals. If, for example, you meet a monthly sales goal, you might have barbecue brought in for lunch one day as a reward for the hard work your employees put into making that happen. Make sure you announce these rewards ahead of time, as this will give workers that much more incentive to succeed.
Upgrade Your Office Space:
As strange as it is, the work space a person has will greatly impact his or her performance. Old, out of date decor will tend to keep your employees from doing their best. Consider upgrading your offices with new flooring, fresh paint, updated lighting or new window tinting to give the space your employees work in a fresher and more modern look. With window tinting, it’s not about making the windows look darker as you might think with a car. No, it’s about having creative designs and even pictures placed on the windows with a very professional but creative look.
Focus On Results, Not On Methods:
One of the biggest mistakes that many business owners make is trying to micromanage their employees. With very few exceptions, people do not turn in their best work when they are constantly being pestered by someone telling them what to do. Make it clear to your employees that there are certain results and performance goals you expect them to meet. When it comes to the day-to-day methods of achieving those goals, however, give them a wide degree of latitude in choosing how to accomplish their tasks. Employees who are allowed to work in their own way will be more productive and feel more valued as parts of your organization.
Productivity starts with creating a positive environment that will encourage each employee to do his or her best. Follow these simple tips, and you will see your employees begin to respond with greater daily productivity.