How can I improve the productivity of workers?
I have started a civil contracting company in bahrain, 4 months ago. I have 27 years of working experience also in civil engineering as an engineer and construction manager. Now I am facing problem in daily productivity of my workers, they can't produce the output what is needed. Consequently facing losses.
First, and sometimes the hardest is to look at yourself and see if you are the problem. If you are having a productivity issue with all or most of your worker then the issue may not be them. You have a lot of experience. Is it that you expect them to work at your level? Are you not setting hard boundaries? Are your deadlines realistic? Are you charging enough?
Really evaluate yourself and see if you are contributing to the problem. From experience being really good at your job doesn't always just transfer over to operations and leadership when you start a business.
Second, if you truly have everything in order then maybe the staff is just not the right fit. Everyone will not work out and you have to go through some people to find the good ones.
Lastly, I'd say if they are good just not moving at the pace you need I'd start with incentives. If they finish in a certain timeframe they get a piece of the profit. Right now you are taking losses so calculating how much you can share of the profits is an idea. Set hard boundaries where they know if this project goes long no incentives will be paid out. With this type of model, Quality Control is extremely important though.
Without knowing the size of your team, budgets, etc this is what I can come up for you and hope you find this helpful.
Steven J Wilson