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June 28, 2021 14 min

Increasing Productivity In Small Business: How To Tips on Getting More Done

Leaders are always seeking to improve employee productivity (including their own). All too often, that quest goes no further than time management training provided by the HR department. 

As legendary statistician and management consultant W. Edwards Deming argued in his book Out of the Crisis, 94% of most problems and possibilities for improvement belong to the system, not the individual.

Personal solutions can be useful, but the most effective antidote to low productivity and inefficiency must be implemented at the system level, not the individual level.

Making small changes to habits will drastically improve the levels of productivity and office efficiency in your business. This will allow you to get more quality work done in a shorter period of time as well as reduce the amount of time spent on unnecessary tasks.

A common problem for managers is having no clear, strong sense of whether their employees are high-performing or not.

Do your employees need an incentive to stay on track? Help them by offering goals that are achievable. Provide clear direction to supervisors and employees to help clarify expectations. This will help to increase their productivity, as they will have a clear focus and clear goals.

You should also designate the task to each assigned individual and ensure that they fully understand that they’re the ones responsible for their duties.

Holding your employees accountable for their tasks and goals means that they’ll put in extra effort and be more meticulous with their tasks.

Just like how we update our technologies, your employees need an upgrade as well — this will help them reach a higher level of productivity. 

Learning is a continuous process, and providing your employees with seminars and training courses will improve their skill sets.

Introducing your employees to innovative solutions will also motivate them to be more creative while they work. Always remember, a motivated employee is a happy employee.

But it doesn’t mean that you need to spend a considerable amount of money just to give them the necessary training. You can always hire a speaker or trainer that would like to teach or motivate your employees.

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