Serious managers know that each employee plays an important role in the overall mission of the firm. But, far too often, employees lack the motivation that’s required to reach their goals and be productive.
It can be difficult to muster up enough excitement around work but with the right incentives, both your employees and your business can excel.
Here are four incentives you can offer to encourage your team to be more productive at work.
1. Train Regularly
In order for an employee to be productive, she must feel invested in your firm. To do that, she has to know that there’s a future for her with your company. To do that, she needs to continually be building her skill set and advancing internally.
Regular trainings feed that desire to want to excel. The more educational opportunities you offer your employees, the more likely they will be to bring their new found knowledge back to your business and help you grow.
2. Make it Easier to Communicate
Communications are at the heart of productivity. When everything is organized and everyone is hearing the same message, there are fewer fires to put out and more focus on the tasks at hand.
Communication is paramount to maintaining a productive workforce. Offering the right tools to make your team communicate better will encourage productivity in your firm.
For example, using a scheduling app where your team can manage their own schedule is a good starting point to making sure you always have the staff you need on hand to conquer the goals you have in sight.
Another example is to use project management software so your team never feels in the dark with what’s happening. Instead, by having access to the big picture, your team can be proactive in moving forward toward a common goal.
3. Give Them Time Off
Sometimes, having time away from the office can make an employee’s time in the office more productive. Time off from work lets your employees recharge their batteries. It gives them the mental break they need so that when they’re at work, they can give it their complete focus.
Some firms, like Virgin Airlines, believe so strongly in the importance of time off that they offer unlimited vacation time. Although this isn’t for all businesses, the message stays the same. Let employees have more time away from the office so they stay more focused and loyal to your overarching goal while they’re in the office.
4. Hold Stand-Up Meetings
This might not seem like an incentive, but in reality it is. Stand-up meetings are where no one can sit down and everyone stands. The point is that by asking everyone to stay standing, the meetings will be faster. They tend to be shorter and more to-the-point, which can prove to be an incentive to your employees because they’re also more tolerable.
Your team is stretched thin as it is. Meetings might be a necessary evil, but when you actively work to keep them shorter, you’re showing your team that you respect their time and the amount of work they have to do for your business.
Author Profile Jon Forknell is the Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., a software marketing company specializing in employee scheduling software, including ScheduleBase employee scheduling software, and other business software solutions. In the past, Jon has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Atlas Business Solutions was named as one of Software Magazine’s Top 500 Software Companies in 2004 through 2007 and again in 2010, 2013 and 2014.