How to Increase Productivity with the Same Number of Staff
Apr 12, 2018
If you’re keen to increase productivity within your business, the right response isn’t always going to revolve around recruitment. In fact, sometimes taking on more staff if you already have productivity issues can be problematic for a business.
If you want to address efficiency and productivity with your existing workforce – and hopefully boost results – then there are a number of ways that you can do this.
Make sure your business infrastructure isn’t holding people back
In addition to the factors within a business that can act as a killer when it comes to productivity, the way that you structure the business also has a part to play. Productivity stifling influences here may include:
A lack of delegation. If management never really delegates anything then it can take twice as long to get anything done and employees will be frustrated by the lack of trust placed in them.
Micromanagement. Micro-managing every decision can create activity bottlenecks that mean productivity can never move beyond a certain point.
No clear feedback. If you don’t provide staff with appraisals and feedback they won’t be aware of where they could be more productive or how to improve.
Poor support. Training, reasonable working hours, mentoring and good management all contribute to positive productivity – without these it can be difficult for staff to perform at their best.
A lack of unambiguous expectations. Many staff underperform on the productivity front simply because they have no idea what is expected of them, where they fit into the business or what the organisation’s goals and values are.
Inadequate tools. If your staff don’t have the right tools for the job it’s very difficult for them to be able to be truly productive. This could be as simple as providing mobile payment technology to enable more proactive queue management and customer service.