For all the improvements in communications, business IT, collaboration tools and technology in general, running a productive team remains as hard as it ever was.
If anything, it might even be more hard, since we not only have tons of new distractions to tempt us, let they who have not checked their Facebook at work cast the first stone, but we have also invented tons of novel technology-enabled busy work. Heck, even checking our work-related email can take anything from two hours to half a day.
In this post we’ll examine 6 tried and true ways to improve employee productivity.
It might sound obvious, but the key to ensure that you’re getting more of something (in our case, employee productivity) is to measure how much you’re getting in the first place.
Only after you have established a baseline you can begin to understand how your team is doing productivity wise — and that’s the first step of besting your existing performance.
So how does one go about measuring employee productivity?
The exact details will, of course, depend on your employees’ roles and responsibilities, but there are a few standard productivity metrics to keep an eye on.
If your team produces some kind of artifacts for example (cakes, motorcycles, forensic reports, articles, customer care resolutions, etc.), you can always measure how many of those are produced over time. Other kinds of businesses, such as an IT consultancy or a law firm can do something similar by measuring hours billed.