Taking Responsibility for Employee Productivity

Business.com / Managing / Last Modified: August 10, 2017
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Five tips to help management ensure employees are performing at their best

Have you ever heard the saying, "For every finger you point, there are three pointing back at you?" In addition to being a valuable lesson on not judging others, it holds great power in the business world. If you have a problem with productivity on your team – or reaching certain goals – look to yourself to figure out how you can repair it; the answer does not lie below you on the corporate ladder. 

Let's take a look at how management can ensure that employees are performing at their best. 

1. Attainable incentives

Corporate incentives, as well as the majority of company incentives, tend to focus on goals to be reached by upper to middle management (depending on company size). But without the employees of the lower rungs of the corporate ladder, how can we reach those goals together? If you want to have more productive employees, you have to create an incentive program to motivate those who are making the wheels turn every day. Motivation by way of incentives should be attainable to all employees and should not just be by way of a paycheck. 

2. Give respect to gain respect

Employees will not want to work for you if they do not respect you. They will not be inclined to respect you if you do not show them the same courtesy. You cannot lead by fear; you need to inspire, not command. When employees feel that they are genuinely respected as individuals – and not just employees – they are more inclined to put in extra effort. 

3. Provide proper training

"A stitch in time saves nine." If you take the time to properly train all employees and managers, there is less need to micromanage. Employees are able to complete their jobs efficiently and effectively, and you can spend more time looking ahead. If someone doesn't know how to do their job correctly, the blame lies above them. 

4. Make support a priority

Employees cannot do their jobs correctly if they aren't provided the proper equipment. If their job is interfering too much with their home life, an employee may be distracted at work. Support can take many forms, and each situation is different. Just be sure that you are balancing providing needed support while not not creating undue hardship. Employees will feel supported and appreciated, which can only result in good things. 

5. Make all criticism constructive

While it isn't prudent to refrain from correcting employees, especially when a lack of training or leadership is showing, before approaching the employee and offering a correction, ask yourself the following questions first:

  • Will this help in the long run?
  • What is the solution to this problem?
  • What is my role in bettering this situation? 

Simply telling someone they are doing something wrong will not fix the situation, but helping them figure out how to do it right will. Do you approach management this way? As an employee, would you appreciate it if you had a manager who approached employee relationships this way?

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