Human resource management, at its very core, is about maximizing talent within an organisation to achieve its goals. This is the reason why, for decades, HR professionals have been experimenting with ways to improve the productivity of their employees, as this can significantly reduce labour-related costs while still achieving profit.
In recent years, many technology companies have developed tools that would increase the efficiency and productivity of employees. These tools would normally eliminate mundane, repetitive tasks so that employees can focus more on important matters.
With the proliferation of technology in the office, many HR professionals tend to forget that productivity isn’t just about equipping the employees with the right tools, but also about cultivating a positive attitude and work ethic in the workplace. Technology can’t easily address both of these.
However, intangibles such as having comfortable working conditions, fostering healthy relationships among employees, and having a fun company culture are proven ways to motivate employees to be more productive.
In fact, various pieces of research have shown a correlation between employee satisfaction and the success of a company. It’s up to HR teams and managers to find out what changes they can implement to improve employee satisfaction and productivity.
Before jumping into implementing new policies, a thorough research should be done first. Start by identifying the productivity levels of your employees and teams with the help of a performance tracking system.
Provide feedback based on the results. Listen and learn from your employees. By keeping communication lines open, you’ll find out why some employees are motivated and productive while some are not.
Based on the most common reasons, you can now map out an employee engagement plan. Here are the common reasons and their corresponding solutions that you can include in your plan:
1. If employees feel under appreciated
One of the common reasons employees are demotivated and unproductive is that they feel they don’t get enough recognition.
If most of your employees feel this way, you can set up a rewards program in the form of bonuses, prizes, sponsored training, and the like. You can also organise contests to encourage them to reach specific KPIs.
2. If employees are burned out
While we want employees to deliver 100% every day at work, pushing them too much can lead to burnout. This can cause major problems down the line aside from the decline in productivity.
Encourage them to have a healthy work-life balance. You can increase the number of your vacation leave allowance, organise game nights every month, or offer discounted gym memberships.
Most importantly, you have to assess the workload and distribution among each team and the members. Maybe it’s time to hire a new employee.
3. If employees feel stuck
Growth is an important aspect for many professionals. Companies who encourage employees to take career development studies, keep up with latest technological changes in the industry, and trust their employees with important work are rewarded with loyalty.