I have managed a large number of employees over the years for different companies, as well as with my own business. There’s definitely a fine line between micromanagement and under management. With the below tips, hopefully you can find a balance that makes your workplace a fun environment as well as ensuring that your employees are using their time and the company’s money wisely.
- Tip #1: Security Cameras: Installing security cameras in the workplace is a great way to improve employee productivity, because not only can you see what your employees are doing at all times, they never know when they are being watched. This, in turn, increases their productivity. Outside of improving their productivity, it can also help make them feel safe by adding a sense of security.
- Tip #2: 1-on-1 Meetings: I have found a large signifigance in 1-on-1 meetings. These meetings can track progress, answer questions, alleviate any problems, etc. With new employees, I would have a 1-on-1 meeting weekly. With more senior employees, I would have this meeting every 2 weeks or monthly. Not only do these meetings let you know how your employees are progressing, it also lets them know that you care and are there for them.
- Tip #3: Daily Tasks/Goals: I believe every employee should have a daily tasks/goals sheet. At the very least, I would train them on the 80/20 principle and to focus on the 20% of their tasks that will get them 80% of their results.
For example, a salesperson may have 10 tasks for the day. 2 of these tasks are more important and will be a greater impact than the other 8. Maybe these 2 involve closing a sale, following up with an existing customer to get more business, etc. The other 8 tasks could include cleaning their desk, prospecting, ordering business cards, etc.
Hopefully, the above tips will help improve your employee’s productivity. Did I miss a tip that you feel is more important than the 3 above? Please share your comments below!