Saturday, May 14, 2016

Five ways to maximize productivity in the workplace

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For a 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.

Many of us get sidetracked by new developments and negative factors which cause us to forget the basics.
By focusing on these five essential areas of the business you can make a difference immediately.


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 in 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.


The motivation of the 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 act 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.


The 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. 


It is not hard work to increase your productivity. It only needs a tweak and a bit of focus on one area and you will immediately see the results.

Question: Which one of these five have you tried and did it work?

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