Productivity isn’t about getting many things done quickly but about getting the right things done more efficiently. With the new year ahead, we look at several ways that could inspire productivity in your business.
In sharing a company’s goals for the year ahead, and keeping employees posted on progress made, employers could instil a better understanding of the business and everyone’s role towards its success.
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs suggests that a human’s desire to become the most they can be (self-actualisation) can only be achieved once four more pressing needs are achieved first. The first need being physiological (air, water, food, sleep etc.), the second, safety (security, employment, health etc.), the third, the need for love and belonging, and the fourth, esteem (respect, self-esteem, recognition). Rewarding achievement and showing appreciation is, therefore, an excellent way to encourage self-actualisation in your employees.
Create a productive environment
Granted, people are unique and different and therefore gain inspiration and energy from diverse sources. However, studies have shown that a connection to nature, ample natural light and fresh air have an extremely powerful impact on our health, well-being and happiness. Adding some pot plants, with airier, brighter and well-ventilated offices is always a step in the right direction.
Identify productivity “thieves”
Help your employees identify distractions that are counter-intuitive to a task at hand, and brainstorm ways to avoid these distractions at core time frames. For example, phone calls, WhatsApp messages, office chatter, emails and other notifications can perhaps be “silenced” during certain intervals and attended to later.
Upskill your employees
Knowledge is power. Upskilling your workforce will not only benefit your employees but will also add to the success and growth of your business. MWare’s MPowrMe is a mobile learning skills development platform that makes it easier and more convenient for companies to empower employees.
Invest in the right tools
Automation software may help create a productive workflow, reduce paperwork and eliminate errors. This will free up time for more important tasks. Imagine the results if every sales consultant in your business had a few hours per day to chase down leads instead of catching up on admin. MWare’s Cflow automation software, a cloud-based workflow automation tool, can help businesses cut back on mundane administrative tasks and focus attention on the aspects of the business that matters the most.
MWare wishes everyone a highly productive 2020!
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