Employee Performance Can Be Vital For An Organization’s Success
Employee performance is intricately linked to the success of a business. Business leaders need to understand this to evaluate their employees objectively and consistently. This evaluation helps the employers to understand the strengths, weaknesses and managerial gaps in their organization.
Whether your business is big or small, there is always a scope for improvement in employee performance. Some companies believe in retaining employees to become profitable. But if your employee turnover is high, you may find it difficult to expand your business.
How Can Organizations Improve Employee Performance?
How should organizations work to ensure that their employees are motivated and are performing efficiently? Let us take a look at some ways to achieve this.
- Reduce Distractions
According to the 2018 Workplace Distraction Report by Udemy, 54% of employees were not performing as well as they were supposed to because of distractions from the workplace. 84% of the workers agreed that they were able to refocus back within 30 mins of getting distracted. Yet, the numbers look bad as far as performance is concerned. With unlimited access to the internet, it is not surprising that notifications on our devices distract us temporarily from work. As a result, our work gets postponed.
To prevent getting distracted, you need to ascertain the sources that prevent you from focusing. Once you find that out, limit your exposure to them. While working, turn off your smartphone or set it to ‘Do not disturb’ mode. Use headphones to prevent distractions at the office from people around you. If you are working from home, choose a quiet corner. This will help minimize distractions from pets and children and help you focus better on work. For remote workers, some companies may also use employee monitoring tool likeFlowtrack to measure productivity.
2. Don’t Multitask
Multitasking at work is not uncommon. But contrary to popular belief, multitasking affects productivity. According to the article, ‘Executive Control of Cognitive Processes in Task Switching’, multitasking reduces productivity by 40%. If you work in a busy agency, for example, you will be handling multiple roles. You will be talking to potential clients and contractors, checking work from freelancers, and doing your actual job. While you may feel you are getting more done, actually the work and its quality get affected. In such a situation, it is better to prioritize tasks and work on each individually. This way you can focus on a single work at a time and the quality of the work will be good. You will also be able to work effectively.
3. Set Clear Goals
It is important to set clear, achievable goals for projects. Do not overwhelm yourself as it may cause you to burnout halfway. Consider your strengths and weaknesses, working capabilities and limitations. Set your goals based on these parameters. With clear goals, you can be more productive and achieve your objectives. If required, break down the main goal into smaller goals at each stage of the project. This will help you achieve your targets easily.
4. Use the Right Tools
Sometimes reduced performance could be because you are not using the right tools to work. The employer would have tested many productivity tools and provided you with the best ones like HRAPP for instance, when you joined the organization. You must master these tools and improve your performance at work.
While using tools, ensure you use those that make the most sense to you. Using the tools of your preference will result in increased productivity. At the same time, use the new tools too. You may find a software that you like that could improve your performance.
5. Don’t Leave Unfinished tasks
Many of us leave tasks unfinished when a new project comes along or when the current project gets boring. This unfinished work could create a chain of problems that could cause future delays and harm performance. Allocate sufficient time to finish a current project before you take your focus off it. Otherwise, by the time you come back to it, you may need to re-familiarize yourself with the project all over again. If time is a constraint, ensure you have sufficient extra time allocated for finishing such projects.
6. Keep Away From Idle Chat and Gossip
We always like to communicate with our colleagues and discuss topics of interest with them. But if this is overdone, it can seriously affect work performance, especially if it is done too often. Communication with colleagues is important as it forms the core of any successful business. However, we must watch out and keep away from irrelevant gossip or useless chats. This can distract you and those around you from getting work done. If you ever find yourself indulging in pointless conversations and gossip that takes your focus off work, try and end it or postpone it for break time or after-work hours.
7. Ask for Constructive Feedback
If you have recently completed a new project and are not sure how it has come up, ask your supervisor/manager for feedback. Usually they will be happy to provide you with one. They will suggest improvements and compliment you on what you have done right.
If you are an employer, listen to your employees’ suggestions and take them seriously. Create an online portal for your employees to submit ideas for improvement. They can add their names to the suggestions or can do it anonymously. You can acknowledge these suggestions at team meetings or brainstorming sessions.
8. Create a Rewards and Accountability Program
Create a reward program within your company. That will motivate employees to strive for excellence. You can send a special email when an employee or a department achieves a milestone. If someone is performing extremely well, you can get everyone at work to thank them for their efforts. Letting people know that they are being appreciated and valued at work, not just by colleagues but also by managers, goes a long way. Teams on their part can create their accountability charts and show their accomplishments. This could be related to sales or completing projects. These can be displayed for others to see. When you have a record of things and display it, it projects your hard work and accomplishments. These motivate you to perform better.
Understand Employee Needs To Ensure Effective Performance
The success of any business is intricately linked to the performance of its employees. When employees are productive, it creates a good working environment. Every company can help employees grow and become efficient. They must provide their employees with the right environment, tools and feedback to prevent distractions. The above list can be a good starting point for companies to motivate employees to perform better. It will also improve your brand as a company.
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