As a manager, two of your chief concerns are productivity and employee retention. The first boosts your company’s revenue. The second reduces the chances of wasting that revenue through endless rounds of hiring and training. Read on to learn the management techniques that will help you accomplish both of these goals.
Keep Consistent Routines and Schedules
Your employees can’t maximize their productivity if they don’t know what’s going to happen from one day to the next. They need to be able to plan out their time well in advance so they can make the most of it. If you keep changing how and when things get done or dropping extra work on your employees’ desks, you’ll end up with them rushing things they need to take time with or doing things at the last minute. Additionally, when employees have a dependable routine, they feel much more secure and content, increasing retention.
Include Employees in Policy Reviews
When you include your staff in policy reviews, they feel more valued and in control of their work life. This kind of inclusiveness reduces turnover and improves morale. Remember, a happy employee is a productive employee.
Listen to Your Staff
When members of your staff come to you with their problems, you need to set aside whatever you’re doing and listen to them. Do whatever you can to help solve their problems. Even if you can’t do anything for them, the fact that you listened will help. Doing these things will earn your staff’s trust, and help feel secure in their positions.
Trust Your Staff
Give projects to employees who you trust, and then leave them to get the job done. Never micromanage them as they will end up thinking more about you than the job, and this will kill productivity. The damage this does to morale will also increase staff turnover. Micromanaging your employees just shows them you don’t have faith in them.
Be Flexible When You Can
When an employee needs it, be as flexible with the rules as you can. When you go out of your way to help your employees, they will go out of their way to help you. They will also be much more inclined to stay on the job for as long as they can.
Set a Positive Workplace Tone
Some managers prefer a competitive approach, giving promotions and bonuses to top producers only. Such managers often use punishment to motivate their staff. This approach sets a very negative tone in the workplace.
Employees who enjoy coming to work, feel secure in their positions, and optimistic about advancement are likely to stay at their jobs. They will work hard for their own success and that of the company. Unhappy employees do only the bare minimum needed to get by and spend most of their time looking for other employment opportunities.
Employee morale is an asset. Working to improve it is an investment in your company. Treat your employees well and help them whenever you can. In return, they will help your company thrive.