Every single company, given the option, will want to run their workplace more efficiently. It is all about working smarter – why work harder when you can get the job done in fewer steps? Improving workplace efficiency isn’t about forcing your employees to keep their heads down and work their fingers to the bone– it is a holistic approach to workplace operations that will benefit both the company and the employees themselves. It is also not that difficult to do!
- Track Employee Engagement
Employee engagement refers to the relationship an employee has with their work and the organization they are working for. Engaged employees are those who feel enthusiastic and engrossed in their work and properly invested in the organization. When an employee is engaged, they will go above and beyond to further your organization’s interests and reputation. Inpulse.com outlines why employee engagement is so important for improving workplace efficiency:
“Conducting an employee engagement survey can provide crucial answers to problematics around workplace culture, team performance, remote teams, and diversity & inclusion. This employee engagement feedback is essential to knowing where the issues are within a business.”
Information from employee engagement surveys can provide you with all the insights you need to make efficient and powerful HR decisions in the future.
- Update Your Technology
Look around your office (if you’re not working remotely). What sort of equipment do your employees use? Even in 2021, you hear horror stories of consultants going into offices and seeing stickers on huge computer monitors warning staff to update their databases for the 2000 switch! Updating your technology is one of the best things you can do to increase working speed and productivity. Ensure all software is up to date and make it easy for employees to report technology for hindering their productivity. It does require some investment, but it will be worth it in the long run, especially if you make smart decisions relating to planned obsolesce.
- Update Your Working Environment
Employees that are happy when they are working will be more efficient with their time and do their jobs far better. Happy employees are more productive overall, and their focus tends to be improved and their performance. If you want to maximize happiness, start by examining the office space; how is the lighting, are there any plants around, are chairs comfortable enough? Is there a casual area for employees to relax? A simple change in how an office is laid out can bring in a large dose of energy, helping to motivate your employees as they feel like you care about them and are attentive to their needs.
- Offer Flexible Working Hours
You might also want to offer the option for your employees to work remotely. Research has found that people who work remotely at least once a month are 24% more likely to be productive and happy in their work.
- Set Achievable Goals
Setting realistic goals is a greatly important task for any manager. If your employees don’t have realistic and tangible goals, they will quickly get demotivated, run into many more problems as they don’t understand what to do, and waste company time simply by trying to work out their next step.