7 Beneficial Ways To Engage Employees To Continue Productivity

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Are you looking to improve productivity in your workplace? 

Anyone who owns a business knows that having productive employees is crucial to the success of the business. After all, the employees are the heart and soul of any business today. Without productive employees, your business is unlikely to grow and succeed. 

If you're looking to engage employees toward being more productive, you've come to the right place. We're highing six ways to reach your employees and increase their levels of productivity! 

Let's get started! 

1. Improve Workplace Conditions 

How do you feel when you walk into your workplace? 

Do you feel inspired? Is the area lacking natural light? Do you feel cold and uncomfortable? As it turns out, how employees feel has a large effect on how productive they'll be throughout the day. 

These feelings in the workplace can be influenced by several factors. This could be anything from office design and natural lighting to greenery and even the temperature. In fact, one study found that 56 percent of office workers feel that their office temperature is too cold. 

Take a note from Marie Kondo's book and make a point in sparking joy in your office. Add touches of greenery, maximize natural light and keep the temperatures on the up. This way, employees will naturally feel more comfortable and are more likely to be productive. 

2. Schedule One-On-One Meetings 

Meeting one-on-one with your team is one of the best ways to empower your employees. 

When an employee has an upcoming meeting, they're going to make a point in putting their best foot forward beforehand. When these transition into routine meetings, you can count on having an incredibly productive team. 

This is also a great way to ensure that your team is remaining in sync. These meetings allow you the opportunity to discuss any issues, questions or topics that require attention. 

While meeting one-on-one can take up a large amount of your time, they have proven to have a high return on investment. 

3. Offer Private and Team Stations 

Today, a growing number of work environments are favoring the "team" approach to work stations. This is especially the case for start-up companies that tend to favor a more contemporary approach to the workday. 

This places an emphasis on working together and increasing social interaction among employees. While this has proven to be effective in increasing workplace satisfaction, it's not always advantageous on its own. 

Instead, be sure to incorporate private work stations in addition to team work stations. This way, employees can work together as a team while also having the option to work independently. 

4. Practice Positive Reinforcement 

Let's be honest, who doesn't benefit from a little positive feedback every once in a while? 

If you really want your employees to work efficiently, it's time to practice positive reinforcement. This could be as simple as offering incentives, rewards or bonuses to high performing employees. 

Even merely watching co-workers receive incentives is going to beneficial for employees. Seeing their co-workers succeed and witnessing the rewards they benefit from is always going to be a motivating factor. 

When an employee is made aware as to the possibility of reward, they're all the more lightly to work more productively toward that potential. When an employee does showcase this degree of productivity, all parties will benefit. 

5. Allow for a Degree of Flexibility

The truth is, the 9-5 workday is changing as we know it. 

Of course, having your employees work a strict 9-5 workday allows you to keep track of their productivity. However, a growing number of companies are allowing their employees to have a more flexible schedule. 

For some companies, this might mean allowing your employees to work from home one day each week. For others, this could mean allowing your employees to create their own schedule or come and go as they please. 

This is going to allow your employees a greater sense of freedom in the workplace. In return, they're all the more likely to report higher degrees of happiness and greater productivity. 

6. Ensure Workplace Happiness 

Have you ever stopped to consider how happy your employees feel whilst at work? 

At the end of the day, the most productive employees are typically the employees that report feeling happy and satisfied in their work life. In fact, studies have found that happy employees are 20 percent more productive than unhappy employees. 

If you're not doing everything you can to ensure that your employees are happy, it's unfair to expect high productivity in return. When an employee is happy at work, they're going to feel all the more motivated to perform well for their team. When they're unhappy, the motivation to perform well is going to be lacking. 

Don't hesitate to check in with your employees and ask for constructive criticism. You also must be willing to make said changes and improve workplace satisfaction. it's safe to say the making positive changes to benefit your employees will go a long way and benefit all parties. 

7. Create a Years of Service Award Program 

If you're really looking to inspire your employees, why not create a years of service award program? This could be anything from a recognition plaque and a tech gadget to tickets to an upcoming concert or a simple cash reward. 

This is a simple way of showing recognition to your long-term employees. In being employed by your business for such a time, it's safe to say that these employees are a significant asset to your team. 

Why not provide these employees with the recognition they truly deserve? In doing so, your employees will be more motivated to perform well and position themselves as a long-standing member of your team. With this, you're naturally going to witness less turnover with your company and benefit from more engaged employees. 

Engage Employees With Productivity 

Are you looking for ways to engage employees with productivity? 

Let's be honest, there's always room to improve the productivity of your employees and your workplace in general. This could be anything from scheduling more one-on-one meetings and accepting constructive criticism to practicing positive reinforcement and ensuring that your employees are happy.

Making these small changes is sure to benefit in a more positive and productive work environment. It's safe to say that this is a win-win for all parties involved! 

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Topics: Employee Engagement, years of service

R Scott Russell, CRP, CEP | Director - Engagement Strategies

About the Author
R Scott Russell, CRP, CEP | Director - Engagement Strategies

R Scott Russell is a video host, public speaker, and a sought-after thought leader in the world of employee engagement and recognition. At C.A. Short Company, he is responsible for producing engaging content, helping clients maximize the effectiveness of their programs, and providing ongoing training and education.

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