Employees are the blood and life-force of the business. When all is going well, you barely notice how they function. But when things go south, operations come to a grinding halt.
To bring out the best in your staff, there are several things you must do. First, you must do some research about why they are not meeting your expected output. Second, you need to engage your employees in a way that will make them see how they fit in the complex machinery that is your business.
Below are four tips on how you can effectively boost your employees’ performance at work:
1. Give Them the Right Tools
If you go to war, bring a weapon. This adage also applies to your employees, so make sure you arm them with the right weapon to help them perform their job well.
Here are some examples of the different tools they may require, depending on your industry, work setup, and others:
Time Tracker Tools
With unlimited tasks seemingly plaguing their to-do lists, your employees are probably mixing up deadlines, missing priorities, and others. To avoid this, you can offer them access to a time tracker tool that records the team’s hours and productivity depending on the rate of activity.
The best part is, these tools allow you to assign each member of the team a specific project or task, so they will know what to prioritize and use their time wisely.
Collaboration is the key to efficient work, so make sure your team has something to use to make this easier. Fortunately, there are apps that you can use to make working real-time more organized.
Some of the best collaboration tools you can use are project management apps such as Trello or file sharing and storage tools like Google Drive.
Aside from time management and project collaboration apps, communication software is also crucial for your employees’ productivity. Whether you work with a remote team or have a traditional office setup, you should choose a communication app that fits your company’s needs.
While email apps can get the job done, they are not as efficient as instant messaging programs in tracking and organizing message threads. These platforms often feature file sharing as well, making your workflow more streamlined.
2. Offer Them Opportunities to Grow with Training
After screening and hiring an employee, you must also plan for his growth within the company. This way, you can ensure that the person you recruited can do his part in driving your business towards success.
In fact, a study conducted in 2013 revealed that training benefits both employees and business owners as it leads to better productivity and efficiency in the workplace.
Choosing a specific training for each member of your team should be based on their specific potential. For example, if a member of your staff has the makings of a good leader, you can pay for his leadership skills training. Acquiring agility training for your team may also prove to be useful in using the different skills your employees have and using them to your advantage.
3. Trust Them with Crucial Responsibilities
Many business owners are afraid of delegating tasks to their employees. This is mostly true for startup companies. Because they practically “gave birth” to the firm, they believe that they are the only person who can make it grow.
But driving a business to success is not possible with a one-person team. While you may want to have a hand at every vital process within the organization, this is actually counterproductive for your employees’ performance in the workplace.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to yield perfect results every single time. The thing is, checking every bit of detail yourself tends to waste time and may even compromise quality if you’re already drowning in tasks.
Instead, look for employees who are qualified to do such things for you. Give them responsibilities, trusting that they will do the tasks well. Not only will this allow them to gain experience and skills, but it would also provide your company with the best setup that can push it closer to success.
4. Match Skills to Tasks
Everyone is good at something, and yet nobody is perfect. Make sure you take advantage of your staff’s skills by giving them responsibilities that match them. This is also true for their behavioral styles.
For instance, employees who think out of the box, are creative, and express themselves well are best assigned in marketing. These people should be speaking directly to clients as they can provide solutions to their needs right then and there. Also, avoid putting these people in detail-oriented and rule-intensive tasks as they are more likely to struggle here.
Remember that nobody can be the best at everything. So instead of asking them to be Jacks-of-All-Trades, hone them to become the King of whatever it is they’re good at.
Help Your All-Star Team Shine
An all-star team only shines the brightest with the proper guidance and sufficient aid from their boss. To make sure your staff performs well at work, don’t hesitate to invest in your people through training and workshops as well as arming them with different tools to be proficient in their job.
Salma El-Shurafa is an experienced Executive Coach and founder of The Pathway Project. She is a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach from The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and a graduate of CTI’s Co-Active Leadership program.