Looking to boost productivity? Here are some tips to help drive performance and engagement with your teams:
Just about everyone is familiar with the acronym KISS — Keep It Simple, Stupid. Your goals and action plans should be no more complicated than they have to be. They should be clear to everyone, and the outcomes you’re expecting well understood.
One good way to formulate your goals is by using the SMART technique — making goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. You also need to make your tasks as specific and achievable as possible so everyone is clear on what to do.
Technology can also be a big help in increasing productivity. For example, you can use apps to track what you need to do during certain days and times. Collaboration technology such as Slack can be used to help you better organize your teams.
Other productivity apps that can be useful, include Dropbox, Evernote, and Asana.
Review your goals
Setting goals is crucial, but that’s not enough. Goals need to be continually reviewed and changed when needed. Workers need to regularly assess their progress by measuring it against the goals that have been set.
Avoid hurdles to productivity
There are a number of different things that can interfere with your team’s performance and progress. Meetings often become obstacles and should therefore be limited, held only if they are absolutely necessary.
Checking e-mails can also be a hindrance. To avoid this, you can use Slack or video chats to communicate more directly.
Lack of organization can also slow the workflow. When desks are messy, people have to waste time looking for what they need. Workers need to make every effort to keep their workplaces neat and organized.
Social media is also a big productivity killer, and people need to avoid spending too much time engaging in it.
There are different ways to motivate your team, many of which depend on the particular individuals working for you. Motivation can be either intrinsic or extrinsic. When it is intrinsic, the drive to perform comes from within because of a person’s desire to succeed and advance.
External forms of motivation for employees include things like recognition and rewards. Using these motivational tools can go a long way toward improving performance.
Many people are under the mistaken assumption that they can get more done by multitasking, but actually, the reverse is true. Multitasking actually slows you down. That’s because you may think you are doing several things at once, but your mind is actually jumping back and forth between one task and another. We can actually only focus on one thing at a time, and that is how we should work.
People cannot perform at their best if they are not in good physical shape as well. This is often overlooked. Our physical health plays a large role in our mental capacities too. The better shape people are in, the more productive they will be.
Establishing some type of wellness program at work will help employees stay fit and perform better.
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