In our overloaded, double-booked world, performance reviews often get pushed aside to put out fires or rush a deadline. However, evaluating productivity isn’t just about the future of your staff; it can also predict the future of your business.
In order to truly understand effective productivity, managers and business owners must look at more than just product output, quotas met or sales earned. Understanding each specific employee’s strengths and weaknesses can help you see the connection between employee success and company success. It can help you strategize your entire staff, creating the most productive team in company history.
3 Ways to Evaluate Productivity
Examine the position and the person
Before sitting down to conduct a performance review, ask yourself: What does this position need to focus on in order to make this company the most successful in the industry? How can the specific employee in this specific position achieve these goals? Don’t just look at the position or the person, look at the employee in the position. Do they work better on a team? Do they need an accountability partner? What kind of motivation will increase their productivity?
Set challenging, but achievable, expectations
Expectations for your employees should mirror the overall expectations that you have for your business. Find a clear way that you and the employee can easily visualize the goals and expectations that they need to focus on to boost productivity. Many employees work harder when challenged; they don’t give up. Reaching for goals helps them maintain focus, increase their drive and improve their self-confidence. Have the employee outline step-by-step how they accomplished these expectations. When it’s time to sit down for a performance review, don’t just look at what was accomplished, but also how.
Create a team-based incentive program
Both formal and casual incentive programs reenergize your employees, and create a spirit of teamwork and support within the whole company. Create momentum by deciding on a team-based incentive program, and you’ll soon start to see a chain reaction. For example, a struggling sales associate can boost productivity and client engagement with the support and motivation of the entire sales team reaching for a goal. Not only will the group help boost the productivity of its members, it will also build more camaraderie within your organization.
Evaluating productivity comes in all shapes and sizes – from noting the winners of incentive programs to conducting thorough one-on-one performance reviews. To truly understand what makes your employees work their best, evaluating productivity from multiple angles will give you the most expansive view of your entire team. Want to boost productivity on your team? The recruitment specialists at Malone Solutions can help you motivate your workforce and elevate the overall performance of your entire crew. Contact us today to learn more about our staffing solutions.