Five ways to maximize productivity in the workplace

motivation and reward
Maximize Employee Productivity
For business to survive and grow it is essential to focus on the basics of productivity. Fear is never too late to return to basics so here we go.


Planning ahead is the foundation of productivity in all organizations. Having a clear plan of what the organizational goals and objectives are will allow employees to identify easier with their purpose in the bigger picture. It also guides your team into a specific common direction with clear targets to achieve along the way.


Training is as essential as the organizational goals and objectives. Staff must be subjected to training on all aspects of the organization, the processes within and the industry you operate in.

Training has the benefits of installing discipline, improve efficiency, build productive teams and motivate staff into a culture of continuous improvement. Staff sees training as self development and the extra motivation will guarantee higher productivity.


Motivation of staff does not have to cost the organization in monetary value. Targets, self measurement and reward go a long way in motivating staff to new heights. Most employees will be more productive when they have clear set targets which they can monitor themselves and be held accountable for results. Actions of top management account for 80% of employee motivation. For most employees the only motivation to be there is simply to get an income and provide for their families.


Measurement is crucial as a support action for productivity.It provides feedback and highlights alternative options to failed processes. Visually it provides the employee with anomalies that must be rectified in order to become more efficient in achieving targets consistently. It forces employees to become innovative in order to increase their efficiency and productivity.


Reward must not always be seen as monetary action as it can be as small as verbal recognition. Praise goes a long way where teams are competitive and efficient. The three main types of reward are monetary, time based or verbal recognition. The type of business and the level of motivation you want to extract will determine the type of reward you can apply.

Always keep in mind that leading your team in the right direction is based 100% on your own motivation and productivity. Lead by example and all will follow.   

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