Employee Productivity

Year End Wrap Up – Creating a Better Business with Better Employees

Employee of the Month

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One thing that all business owners have in common is the drive and desire to make their business better. While there are many avenues to take to accomplish this, one of the quickest ways to help ensure success is through your employees.

Every day, your employees are representing your business. It is often their voice or face a client sees long before they know who you, the business owner, are (unless you run a one man show, of course). Additionally, employees help make your business function and run on a daily basis. Without them, your business would come screeching to a halt,

or at the very least, would have to be severely scaled back.

So doesn’t it make sense to take care of your employees, so that they in turn take care of your clients, and ultimately your business?

There are many ways you can appreciate and care for your employees. Increased schedule flexibility through remote access, increasing productivity by relaxing the rules, or even allowing music in the office can all go a long way in fostering a better relationship with your employees.

Throughout 2012, we posted many articles about helping you strengthen your business through better employee interactions. Here are some of the highlights.

Productivity

Motivating Employees to be More Productive: Motivation, when done improperly, can cause more harm than good. Learn the three factors that are key to truly motivating your employees in a way that will achieve the results you want.

Unstructured Time Gets Results: Should you manage every aspect of your employee’s workday? Many big companies are finding increased success and innovation by providing unstructured time for their staff.

Creativity in the Workplace – How a Skunk Works Program Could Work for You: Contrary to popular belief, allowing employees to play during the workday could yield HUGE results for your company. Here’s how some big tech companies are making play time a priority, and they results they are achieving because of it.

Why You Should Allow Music in the Office: Want employees to be more productive and more satisfied at work? Let them listen to music. This article explores why and how allowing music in the office can benefit your workplace.

Should You Monitor or Blog Internet Activity at the Office?: Contrary to popular belief, blocking the internet at the office could do more harm than good. This article reviews the pros and cons of blocking the office internet, so that you can decide if it’s truly in your best interest.

Remote Access

The Benefits of Having Remote Workplace Access: Allowing remote access into the office is more than just a fancy new toy – it’s a powerful tool that can help you and your employees do business more effectively. Read this article to learn about the benefits of allowing remote access to your business.

Ensuring the Productivity and Success of Remote Employees: Setting up remote access doesn’t necessarily guarantee employee productivity. Here are some tips to help set expectations and guidelines for remote access to help ensure productivity and success.

Technology

How to Replace All the Computers in Your Office, Without Breaking the Bank: Your employees are only as good as the equipment they’re given. So why not upgrade the office computers? We have creative ways to do so, that won’t break the bank.

Are Tablet Computers a Viable Option for Work?: Maybe your employees were pushing for a tablet this year, or maybe you just want to update the office with the latest technology. Whatever the case, read this article before you run out and buy several tablets for the office, so that you know what works, and what doesn’t, with your network infrastructure.


Julie Strier is a freelance writer who likes to help you create a better business. Email:julie@mybusinesswriter.com. Website: www.mybusinesswriter.com.

Motivating Employees to be More Productive

Incentives

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Everyone knows that the best way to keep employees productive is to offer them monetary rewards as an incentive for productivity, right? Wrong. In fact, studies are finding that these types of rewards actually demotivate your employees. Instead, create a better, more productive work environment with a different kind of incentive.

Traditionally, productivity is viewed in very basic terms – if you do this, I will offer you this amount of money as a reward. This system is much like getting a horse to work by dangling a carrot on a stick in front of him. But employees aren’t horses. They aren’t motivated by the carrot. And, dangling a carrot in front of your best and brightest employees may actually cause them to seek employment elsewhere.

Contrary to popular belief, money isn’t a motivating factor. It can only motivate your employees for so long before it no longer becomes incentive enough for them to continue working as hard. This is because as humans, our brains aren’t hardwired for money.

Instead, humans are purpose driven. In order to be productive, and more importantly happy, employees must feel like what they are doing has a purpose, and that this purpose will better their life in more ways than the accumulation of a few extra dollars.

How do you empower your employees with purpose instead of leading them with a carrot? By using these 3 factors as motivation instead.

Autonomy: The ability to be self-directed and direct their own lives and workflow in the office. If you want employees who are engaged and energized in the office, allow them to be their own manager when it comes to their specific work.

Mastery: People desire to master difficult things. The need to master something difficult is the whole reason people play instruments on the weekend, or learn to program for fun. They don’t do it because they are getting paid to learn these things; they do it for the thrill of learning and mastering something difficult.

Purpose: Having autonomy and mastery often leads to purpose. People want to feel like what they are doing matters. If an employee doesn’t understand the purpose behind their work, the bigger picture of who they are helping and why, the work becomes meaningless, and over time can stifle the creativity and potential of the employee, ultimately demotivating them.

So what kind of business do you want? One where employees that “toe the line” and follow orders, never innovating or growing the business; or one where employees are energized to come to work, happy to help and ready to innovate because they feel like what they are contributing really makes a difference in the world?

In order for your business to survive today, the answer is clear – chuck the carrot. For more information about how autonomy, mastery, and purpose are more motivational than money, check out this animated speech by RSA.


Julie Strier is a freelance writer who enjoys bringing peace and calm to your business.  Email: julie@mybusinesswriter.com. Website: www.mybusinesswriter.com.