Updated: Oct 3, 2018

Employee and workplace productivity is a little like breathing. It’s vital in keeping your company alive and thriving. And when all is going well, you probably don’t think too much about it. But when things get labored, or there’s a major blockage, operations quickly grind to a halt.

On the other hand, when things are going smoothly, they tend to continue without much intervention. And that’s a good thing. It all starts with employee engagement. Disengaged employees drag a company down. But engaged employees show up more often, stay longer, and are more productive overall. Currently, though, only about 33% of the U.S. workforce feels engaged.

The costs of ignoring lagging employee productivity and the underlying unhealthy company culture are steep. Disengaged employees have higher rates of absenteeism and turnover, which can drag down profits.

Communication is the key to success. Without effective, two-way communication, relationships end and businesses fail. Managers who effectively communicate clear expectations and responsibilities to their employees will be rewarded with an engaged, productive workforce.

Focusing on the future—instead of rehashing past issues—demonstrates your commitment to moving forward. And that helps you find positive solutions. This doesn’t mean you should ignore past failures. Instead, learn to approach negative situations in a positive, productive way.

Workers who are stressed in the workplace are less likely to perform at a high productive level. This is proven true according to numerous studies. The way to combat this is to ensure employees that they will be provided with psychological help and whatnot if necessary. If they have this closure they will be more comfortable and likely to be productive.

Ways to foster a healthy work environment for employees include: listening to employees, offering constructive feedback, giving employees challenging/meaningful work, and establishing clear parameters for success.

The leaders in the workplace must also show and exemplify the importance of sleep as well as taking care of your body in general. Many studies have proven that remote workers are much more productive and satisfied with their work than employees who have a normal desk job. Not only are remote workers more productive, but also they log more hours, take less sick days and are much more engaged in their work.

By having remote workers, the companies also can save a significant amount of money. It’s a win-win for both sides.

Another way to increase staff productivity is to not lock down social media. It is proven that this could be a huge morale killer within the office. Many employees use social media to take a mental break from their work. This can lead to employees not becoming burnt out and ultimately leading to more productivity. By limiting employee use of social media in the workplace, it creates a sense of distrust that could be lethal and kill the relationship between employee and manager. Which can very easily kill productivity.

Another major way to improve staff productivity is to offer great perks as a reward for being productive. Major companies such as Google offer nap pods, massages, and complimentary haircuts. After all, who doesn’t like free things? A recent study has just proven that four out of five employees prefer perks as opposed to a pay raise. Accurately measuring employee productivity is another way to ensure they are on task and being efficient in their time at the office. Using accurate productivity measuring tools that allow you to monitor, streamline and manage products will definitely lead to an increase in productivity.

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