Improve Your Staff’s Productivity Using These Five Tips

Thomas Fox is president of Tech Experts, southeast Michigan’s leading small business computer support company.

Increasing employee productivity is a positive approach for companies, regardless of the industry; however, the concept can be rather vague.

Productivity means more than just working to meet a given quality standard, therefore, it isn’t always immediately clear how to achieve optimum outcomes while maintaining standards and keeping your employees happy.

Here are a few concrete methods that can help your staff be more productive:

Block certain Internet sites
With the rise of social media, online gaming, video sites, gaming and contest portals, and entertainment websites, there are many potential distractions on the web. Even if an employee is well-intentioned, there are plenty of well-designed trappings to keep them there, wasting your company’s time and, ultimately, money.

Consider placing a block on potentially productivity sapping sites to remove the temptation to linger online.

Try mobile app blocking
Just as employees can get distracted while on computers, they can also waste time piddling away with apps on their smartphones.

While there is no way to completely solve this problem, you can at least block the use of certain applications when connected to the corporate network with technology such as firewalls.

Revamp technology
It isn’t necessary to invest a fortune in buying new equipment to upgrade your IT infrastructure and increase your staff’s productivity.

Get rid of any obsolete technology that just takes up space, update your software, and consider investing in one or two pieces of newer equipment that can benefit multiple staff members or perhaps the whole company.

Save files in the company’s cloud
Get rid of clutter on individual computers while promoting collaborations between members by using cloud storage.

This frees up space on each computer station for optimum speed, and you can set permissions on files to share between certain staff members while restricting access to others.

Track production
There is a wide array of tracking methods to measure how many tasks an employee undertakes during a work day.

Many industries have developed tools and established best practices to manage and track production times and quality.

If you’re having trouble finding the best tools to use for your business, give us a call and we’ll work with you to find the solutions that will work for you.