There may be times within your company where you notice that an employee is not as productive as they once were. Fixing this can be a two part process. Initially, you may need to figure out the factors that are causing the lapse in productivity. Following this, you can work with the employee to find working solutions that will increase productivity once again. Alongside this, you may also want to consider ways that you can raise productivity even further from its usual base level.
At times, the cause for a lapse in productivity, or it not being as high as you may like, can be due to a gap in an employee’s knowledge base. By finding the time to implement training strategies, you can help each employee to understand the processes within their job role that bit more, which can help to speed up work while still keeping quality high. To make the process even more efficient, you can automate learning with a learning management system, which will allow you to set specific training programs for each individual, as well as to see what has been completed, and what may need to be revisited on a regular basis.
Another reason for a lapse in productivity may be because of a lack of incentive to work any harder than the minimum that is required for them to receive their salary. By using incentives, employees may feel more appreciated for carrying out the tasks, and even have goals to work towards. Something as simple as an incentive for employees who reach a certain target each month or quarter can allow them to push even harder than before to be able to gain a reward. The incentive you use is up to you, but it is worth considering your team before deciding on what it will be. This could involve a bonus on their paycheck, or even a day out if your budget will allow. Either way, acknowledging and rewarding dedicated employees can help to boost morale and help you retain good, hard-working individuals.
Considering Their Personal Life
The working day may have nothing to do with the problems with productivity, so you might need to think more outside the box. While it can be easy to state that personal and working lives should remain separate, this is not always feasible. An employee having severe problems in their personal life, or struggling with illness, might not be able to leave it at the front door. Supporting your employees can help them to feel more secure at work, help them work through their personal problems, and create a bond between your company and your employee, which can go towards increasing productivity and keeping your team happy and healthy.
By considering the members you currently have in your team as individuals and figuring out what may best work for them, you can find innovative ways to increase productivity. On top of this, by being a conscientious employer, your team may be more inclined to also push themselves further.