Who would you consider as a better performer, the one spending long hours at his desk or the one who completes the task to perfection in the shortest possible time? I, for sure would prefer the latter. In these competitive times where time is money, increasing per hour productivity is a key to sustaining the business.
It is often observed that is it not the intelligence level or the ability of a person that affects productivity. It is the old school & conservative ways of managing employees that result in a drop in productivity.
There is no point in having 3 people accountable for the same task. Each person has an individual style of working and difference in opinions will only lead to a delay in completion. Besides, there is just no point in spending 3 times the manpower time that required. A well drafted to-do list will come in handy here.
Think twice before you pull out highly engaged employees to discuss something trivial. Explore the options of emailing, talking over the phone or conducting a video conference. Meet in person only if it is absolutely essential and keep it as short as possible.
Define the ‘peak hours’ i.e. the busiest hours of your business where it absolutely essential for employees to be available at the work place. The hours around the work hours can be flexible to suit the comfort level of an employee, as long as he fulfills the daily, weekly or monthly minimum hours required by the labour law and delivers his best performance while doing so. This will help reduce the stress level & increase the productivity while maintaining a healthy work life balance.
We have often heard of ‘no authority without responsibility’, but what about no responsibility without authority? Empower employees to take decision reducing the approval hierarchy. This will not only reduce the time spent on a task but will also act as a motivation tool while increasing the ownership of an employee.
Commuting to work can cause unnecessary stress to an employee. Desk based activities that do not require much physical interaction will colleagues should be given to employees who have the resources to ‘work from home’.