Organizations struggle with a lot of things. Some of these include the rising cost of providing benefits, lack of skilled-workers for open positions, various human resources issues, etc. But perhaps the biggest killer is a lack of productivity. I’ve never met a business owner that didn’t care about two things: profit & productivity.
If employees are productive, the company will be more profitable. That isn’t rocket science. Then why do so many companies still struggle with this? There are numerous answers to that question; however, in this post, I wanted to give you 3 ideas that will increase productivity at your organizations.
Hold people accountable for their work – It’s at the top of this list for a reason. Organizations in every industry have their 5-star employees and their duds. It should be obvious to anyone reading that there are definitive ways to handle both kinds of these employees. But what about the people that fall into the category of “we know that they can do the work but for some reason, they aren’t?” In many cases, a lack of productivity can be traced directly back to the fact that the organization does not have standard accountability protocols. If you have those average employees and you want them to stay average (thus draining your organization of business….every day,) by all means, continue to hold some people accountable while others are allowed to get away with anything. But the best organizations have a few things in common: they hold their employees to an expected level of accountability AND they enforce it, they have realistic action plans to reach goals, and they employ a project management system/review to track progress.
Use people to their full potential – It is imperative that you ensure that your employees are doing the right things, based on their skill sets and passions. Find out what energizes and inspires your employees to work harder and smarter. The best thing to do would be to bring in an objective 3rd party that can perform the assessment, give you honest feedback, and make recommendations for potential changes. They can provide an “Employee Enhancement Package,” if you will. I know a guy.
Communicate better – My last blog post discussed why poor communication could kill an organization. But I need to reiterate the point because I’m still hearing from a lot of people that they can’t seem to make improvements in the communications arena. My first question is whether or not they’ve checked out 15five, one of my company’s strategic partners that I introduced in the last post. I mean, c’mon….a free 30-day trial by using the promo code: insight-sean. Then you’ll get another 30 days free if you decide to sign up. What more do you want, folks? Yet, I’ve heard that only a handful of companies have even bothered to go to the site and signed up for the free trial using that special promo code. That’s sad considering that some of the best companies in the world (remember them?) already use this groundbreaking tool that opens the lines of communication between executives and employees in organizations of all sizes in any industry. At least try it. It might be the solution that you’re looking for!
Until next time, dear readers…..