Promoting workplace productivity can be difficult in the current climate; the workplace has undergone significant changes in the past couple of years, some of which may forever alter the way we work. It can be difficult for many employees to adjust to this new manner of working. Here we look at why Employee Productivity will be key to durability in 2022.
Global expenses app, ExpenseOnDemand, recently published a report which says that nearly two-thirds (64%) of UK business owners believe the most important factor in building a resilient and sustainable business in 2022 is focusing on employee productivity.
Improving employee productivity, critical to any business, requires a framework that motivates your team and encourages them to give it their all in everything they do. Hybrid working has seen productivity and employee morale become a challenge as working from home can create a lack of connection among co-workers which in turn can be harmful to productivity.
Here are some tips to help increase productivity across your workplace:
Improve Employee Onboarding
An effective onboarding programme is more vital now than it ever has been. The traditional mentality of once a contract is signed, the employee’s loyalty is guaranteed is outdated for the new generation of workers. The onboarding programme should successfully integrate the new employee into the culture of the company.
Research by the Brandon Hall Group found that businesses with a strong onboarding process increases new hire retention by 82% and productivity by over 70%. Extensive training, feedback, check-ins and hands-on support are the foundations of good onboarding.
Focus on Employee Training
Training employees correctly can impact how prepared your team is for their job. Training allows employees to familiarise themselves with the company and their resources far more efficiently than if they were simply researching it themselves.
A lack of focus on training and onboarding might result in higher staff turnover and a loss of employee productivity. In fact, 20% of turnover occurs within the first 45 days of a new hire’s start date.
Agile Working and Time Off
With hybrid working seemingly here to stay, more businesses could consider the benefits of agile working. This allows employees to work when, where and how they want to, allowing for a more organised work/life balance and improved employee well-being.
Encouraging your employees to take time off will boost your entire workforce’s productivity. If your employees work for long periods without taking a break, their ability to focus and the quality of their job will suffer.
Encourage Employee Empowerment
Many executives believe that micromanaging and assigning duties to employees is the key to increasing productivity, but this is far from the case. Empowering your employees will ultimately lead to an increase in productivity and employees will go the extra mile and perform better.
Don’t Rely Solely on A CV
When hiring, a cultural fit is just as important as good education, relevant job experience and the right skills set. Communicating your company’s culture from the beginning helps a candidate understand what would be expected of them, and gives you the opportunity to get a feel for if they are the right fit.
An article by Smarp found that 72% of employees don’t fully understand their company’s strategy, making them feel out of the loop of important company information and disconnected from their organisation.
Employee feedback is important so managers can improve on their internal comms strategy, communication and more. Having a survey that employees can fill out on your company intranet will help immensely.
Focus on employee productivity and engagement is an important part of a business. It is suggested that businesses with engaged and productive employees bring 22% more profit to the companies they work for. Get in touch with our expert team today to discuss how you can increase your employees’ productivity.