How to Encourage Employee Productivity

Feb 11, 2015 2:17 PM

Encourage Employee Productivity

How many of you wish that your employees were more productive? I'm sure we'd all love to live in a world where our staff members asked for more work and completed that work with efficiency and enthusiasm. Wouldn't that be great? Well, there's an easy way to help encourage employee productivity with very little cost to you.

In the office or break room, set up a "Help Wanted" board. On this board, you'll pin random tasks and jobs that need to be done around your facility. During down times, such as a slow weekday evening, employees can pick a job from the board. When that job is completed, the employee has a manager sign off, and the manager places this paper in a hat for a prize drawing. Employees will get an additional entry every time they complete a task on the board. At a certain point in time (once a week, once a month, etc) a name will be randomly drawn from the hat, and that employee will win prize. The prize itself isn't overly important and it doesn't have to be expensive. It could simply be a $15 gift card to Starbucks or Amazon.

The concept of the "Help Wanted" board is to encourage your staff to proactively work towards cleaning and improving the business. It's a win-win for both you and your employees. They are incentivized to do more because they want to win a prize. And you are happy because your employees are being more productive. A lot of times, we even see employees going out of their way to look for jobs that aren't even listed on the board. Could you imagine your staff asking if they can do more work because they found a job that needs to be done?

This tactic doesn't require much time or money on your part, and it can make a huge impact on your staff. Not only will you encourage employee productivity, but they'll feel more appreciated in the workplace.

Want more ways to improve your staff?
The How to Cultivate a Great Staff Webinar recording is available online. In the video, Armando Lanuti discusses the best tips on hiring, training, and retaining your staff. Click Here to watch the video.

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