Improving Staff Productivity


Worker productivity has, in recent times become one of the most important factors for employers to consider when looking for business growth. If your workforce is not performing as well as they can, your business will not reach the lofty heights you are aiming for. One of the most important factors to achieve this is the productivity, or output of your staff.

Whilst you may not be able to directly improve performance of workers, you can make some often-minor changes to the workplace and the work environment, which in turn will help motivate your staff and keep them performing to their very best as much as possible (source: Secure Site UK).

Factors and improvements to consider for your staff include making them feel comfortable and keeping the workplace as healthy, clean and secure as possible for all workers, giving them peace of mind and the headspace to be able to focus on their work as best they can.

Looking After Staff Health and Wellbeing

The health and general wellbeing of your staff is paramount to the success of any business in the world. If your workers and staff do not feel good and look after their health, they will perform to a far inferior level. There are some great ways that as an employer or manager you can help to improve the health and wellbeing of your staff (source: Presscription Juices UK):

Have Healthy Snacks Available Many offices and workplaces have convenient food and drink on hand for staff such as chocolates, crisps and biscuits. Whilst positive to some extent, such employers are in fact encouraging workers to eat less healthily, impacting their health and how they will feel throughout the days and weeks to follow. By having healthy snack on hand, you will satisfy many of the needs of your workers whilst focusing on their health and longer-term wellbeing
Positive Supervision and Guidance – Try not to tell staff what they are doing wrong too often. Focus on what is being done properly, correctly and as should be. Rather than reprimanding workers and making them feel worse about their work, try to be as encouraging as possible and make sure you don’t ‘micro-manage’ absolutely every task and job they do
Relax the Office Culture – Old-fashioned office and work culture dictates that all workers need to adorn suits, ties and often overly smart attire. If possible and if suitable for your industry and office, consider allowing staff to dress as they like (within reason). People feel ore comfortable when they can pick what they want to wear, rather than being told to wear a de-facto uniform
Discover more tips for employee engagement in this useful HR FAQ guide

Keeping Your Workplace Clean, Tidy and Secure

Most people spend more time at work over the course of their adult life than they do at home. Therefore, keeping workplaces clean and tidy as well as safe and secure should be some of your top priorities if you are in charge of the workplace. Just as when at home, staff should always feel safe and secure in the workplace, both physically and mentally.

Taking care of the security of the premises and staff possessions and belongings will go a long way in making everyone feel that bit safer when at work. For example, if any of your staff cycle into work, try and provide secure, covered and safe locations for them to leave their (often expensive) bicycles. Furthermore, consider how much people from outside can see into the office; for staff working, it can feel intimidating and overwhelming to feel like they are working in a fishbowl all the time.

Mental health and wellbeing are other areas in which you should strive to always protect and help staff with. In this regard, make sure there is always someone on hand to discuss any impacting and difficult issues a member of staff may want to discuss which may be impacting their performance and how they feel whilst at work.