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7 Guaranteed Tactics to Instantly Boost Productivity in the Workplace

Productivity is the “lifeblood” of the workplace, so you must work to ensure that your employees are performing up to scratch.

Some employers think that the way to do this is to be harsh and demanding, but this typically has the adverse reaction they’re looking for.

In truth, encouraging and inspiring your workers doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful – it can be fun and rewarding!

The following tactics are actually guaranteed to instantly boost productivity as well as morale in the workplace. Try them out and see the difference they make.

1. Offer Incentives

When you offer incentives to your employees, you can instantly boost productivity in the workplace. Incentives are those little rewards employees can get for doing their job well.

They encourage employees to work hard and efficiently as well as show them that you, the employer, value them as both employees and people. Make the incentives something they need, will enjoy, and will appreciate.

2. Encourage Breaks

It may seem counter-productive to encourage your employees to stop working throughout the day, but breaks are needed to boost productivity. When your employees step away from their work to take a walk, grab a bite, or just relax, it gets the blood flowing, improves brain function, and releases stress.

Once they’ve had some time away, they can come back to their work and bring better focus to whatever it is they’re doing.


3. Provide Regular Feedback

Boost productivity in the workplace by showing your employees that they’re doing a good job.

Feedback helps your employees to know exactly what they’re doing right, what they need to improve on, and shows them that you truly appreciate the work they do. Set up one on one meetings to provide extra meaningful feedback and try doing quick pop-ins in their office throughout the work week as well.

You’ll be amazed how much your employee’s productivity changes and improves!

4. Set Up Realistic Goals and Targets

When you create realistic goals for your employees, they’re more likely to meet them. Do your best to not assign tasks that they won’t be able to reach, because this will make them much less likely to actually try.

If you can, break bigger goals into smaller tasks and assign them to various employees, making a sort of group project set up. Once these tasks are completed, remember to always encourage and affirm, showing them you notice their work and appreciate it.

5. Make the Workplace Aesthetically Pleasing

If your employees are sitting in tiny cubicles, gray offices, or a windowless space, it can cause them to feel disengaged and unmotivated. When you make their workspace a place that’s both nice to look at and customizable, it gives your employee a sense of belonging and pride in their place of work.

Encourage paintings, family photos, personal artwork and posters, and other things to help your employees feel that their office is their own. Just remember to be specific about not allowing graphic media in the workplace.


6. Always Be Clear

A large reason some employees are not as productive as they could be is because their boss wasn’t clear about what they wanted. Encourage your employees to ask questions if they need clarification and be sure to explain what you need well. Also be sure to differentiate between what you need and what you want. Wants are important, but not necessary, whereas needs are nonnegotiable. Make this a clear direction.

7. Intervene When Needed

Sometimes things aren’t going to work out, and when this happens you need to know when to get involved. If employees are just not performing up to scratch, it may be time to investigate and get to the bottom of just why this is the case. The best way to intervene if it’s an office-wide problem is to hold a meeting to discuss the problems you’re facing and outline the goals you want all employees to meet. If the problem rests with one individual, set up a private meeting with them to see if things can be worked out. Either way, asserting that you are the boss sometimes is a great way to get things back on track when they’re just not working out.

When you need to boost productivity in the workplace, these 7 tactics are the first things you should try. While these tactics are guaranteed to work, it is possible that some of them may not work on certain employees.

When this becomes the case, find something specific to that employee that will help them perform better. Better productivity is possible, so don’t get discouraged or become a tyrant—remember that your employees are people and treating them right is the best way to see results.


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