It's one thing for you to be productive, but how about your employees?
Many entrepreneurs just starting out are so caught up with trying to find their productive groove that they forget it's also important to find ways to make their employees more productive as well. Sadly, the whole notion of getting the most out of employees is often misguided. Many employers mistakenly equate having more productive employees with assigning them more work on shorter deadlines. This is not the way to go, and such methods often lead to disgruntled employees and resignations.
In order to get your employees to perform at their fullest potentials, it's on you as their leader to set them up for success. With this in mind, here are 5 ways to help your employees help your business succeed.
1. Don't be cheap with technology.
In order to save money here and there, many companies resort to giving their employees cheap, miniature-sized laptops and barely-usable work phones. The result? Employees become bottlenecked with how frustratingly slow and inconvenient their tech is and it ultimately hurts their level of productivity.
As an employer, it's important to be smart with your budgeting. The extra couple hundreds of dollars that make up the difference between a top tier laptop and a crummy one is going to be chump change compared to the amount of money you lose from having your employees work under suboptimal conditions.
2. Provide adequate training.
It's becoming more of a trend for new hires to be expected to do their jobs starting on day one, even if this means having little to no training at all. While a lot of employers are able to get away with this, oftentimes it's at a cost. Sure, new hires may be able to get through the day by learning as they go, but they aren't learning the ins and outs of how to truly be efficient with their work. Proper training provides employees with the insider knowledge of how to optimally do their jobs. It's these shortcuts and tricks that can shorten a one hour job to a thirty minute one.
3. Make your employees comfortable.
Companies often enforce some pretty silly rules. Employees must wear a suit and tie in the office - even if it's a scorching hot, summer day. No breaking for lunch any earlier than 12:00, no matter how hungry employees get. These are rules that can potentially hurt your employees' productivity levels because they force them into suboptimal work conditions. Instead, allow your employees the freedom of working in their comfort zones. After all, the whole point of office rules in the first place is to increase employee performance, not hurt it.
4. Don't feed your employees junk food.
Pizza, donuts, and fast food. Ironically enough, the most common foods that employers offer their workers are also the most notoriously damaging foods to a person's energy and productivity levels. While these food choices are widely-liked, making them a convenient go-to choice for employers looking to appease everyone in the office, don't fall for this trap. Either allow employees enough time to treat themselves to a respectable lunch, or bring them food they'll like that won't turn them into work slugs. I've found that most of my employees love fruits, energy bars, and yogurt.
5. Learn your employees' strengths and weaknesses.
Part of getting the most out of your employees involves delegating assignments to each of them appropriately. To do that, you've got to know what your employees are capable of, and more importantly, what they aren't capable of. It's not uncommon for employers to assign an employee a project that the employee simply doesn't feel comfortable doing, and because the employee doesn't want to be seen as incompetent or downright lazy, he or she would rather do a poor job on the assignment instead of simply admitting their ineptitude.