Sometimes self-improvement means being able to focus on others as much as yourself. Considering most people spend more time with their co-workers than their families, the workplace is as good a place as any to start.

Your business’ growth is directly dependent upon the productivity of you and your fellow employees. If you want your business to continue to grow, then learning how to get the absolute most out of them is mandatory.

At some point, you’ll find yourself in the difficult position of needing to motivate an employee who just doesn’t seem to be producing as much as others. Here are a few things you can do to help increase the productivity of your employees.

Provide the Tools They Need to Succeed

In the technology age, a worker is only as good as the tools he’s been given. Does it really make sense to save a few extra bucks each month at the expense of slower internet? If a website takes 10-15 seconds to load and every minute you need to switch webpages, that means means up to 25% of the time is spent doing nothing while waiting for the internet. Give your workers the tools they need to be effective and they won’t have an excuse to slack off.

Make Sure Your Training Is Sufficient

Many times, a dip in productivity isn’t necessarily the fault of the worker. An untrained or poorly trained worker can fumble through things for hours, feeling frustrated and confused, before mustering up the courage to ask for help again.

Always be sure that your tasks and instructions are clear, concise, and leave little room for interpretation. If formal training is required, make sure it’s sufficient enough to complete the tasks assigned to the worker. A well-trained employee is much more confident and able to tackle more work than one who’s feeling lost or aggravated.

Trust but Monitor

A big part of employee productivity is feeling like they’re each the boss of their own segment of work. An employee with a certain amount of freedom feels a little more responsibility to get done what’s been assigned to him.

All that said, it’s important to be able to periodically check-in on their internet usage. The IT department at your company – or you, if you don’t have one – should be able to do more than just monitoring IP addresses for uptime and downtime. It should be able to view what sites employees are visiting and for how long.

This isn’t just important for spying on your employees and ensuring they’re working, but for cybersecurity purposes too.

Lead by Example

The last piece of advice here for you is arguably the most important. A productive organization usually starts from the top-down. If people see the boss working and involved, the employees will notice and want to do the same. If the boss doesn’t really care and slacks off, then chances are the employees won’t care either. Leading by example is one of the best ways you can increase productivity in your workplace.

Wrapping It All Up

Increasing the productivity of others typically begins by setting a good example, empowering workers to do the tasks assigned to them, and keeping an eye on them to adjust and make tweaks as necessary. The tips above should get you started, and then it’s up to you to make it work well into the future.

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