In this article, we take a brief look at what employee productivity is. We also check out unique ways to ensure high productivity levels at work.
The pandemic continues to take so much from everyone. This is not just because of its harsh effects. It has been a long time since we have done things as we normally used to. As such, we should see this past year as the beginning of the new normal.
In the professional sphere, employers have adopted new strategies to ensure that remote work functions as it should. Owners and top executives now see the value of effective collaboration tools. Equipping workers with the proper education and technology to ensure high productivity levels. An individual with the right support system will always be happy and productive.
Employee productivity is an essential factor of any organization. The greater the employee productivity, the higher the chances of developing innovative solutions.
Workplace productivity refers to how efficiently the company accomplishes tasks and meets goals. A productive group of employees indicates an effective workplace culture. An effective workplace culture would yield greater profits and employee morale.
The pandemic has forced the majority of workers to work from home. Working at home has increased our dependence on digital channels. It is through these technological tools that work and communication are done. Because of this, it is important to measure employee productivity against the following factors:
- Work flexibility
- Employee diversity
- Emotional intelligence
- Creativity and collaboration
- Work environment
- Self-imposed techniques or strategies
- Employee adaptability
Regardless of industry, employee experience is very important. An employee’s perception of work and responsibilities is a determining factor for their loyalty. It is important to have clearly defined roles and job descriptions to ensure satisfaction and productivity.
The more employers invest in ensuring high employee productivity, the greater the employee experience will be, and vice versa.
Stellar employee experience and happiness will lead to the following benefits:
Retention and attraction of new employees - Happier employees will always be more loyal than unhappy ones. A working environment that exudes a good workplace culture will always lead to more prospective hires seeking the same.
Retention of customers or clientele - Employees who are happy with their experience deliver unique customer care and service.
Brand advocacy and word of mouth - Employees and clients who have great experiences with a company are bound to share the news with their peers.
Fortification of revenue streams - Having an effective work system would always lead to greater income for the organization.
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I am delighted to share with you the latest Advanced Workplace Associates White Paper Research Report, titled: “The New Deal – the Post Covid-19 Contract Between Employees and Employers”
Underpinned by the latest industry research, the report concludes that the post-COVID-19 world of work needs a new psychological contract between employers and employees that recognizes the unique needs of people at different stages in their lives.
Employment contacts and HR policies will need to be overhauled to create a “new deal” for employers and employees engaging in flexible, hybrid working. New ‘working together agreements’ will have to be drawn up to reflect that for a large part of the time workers will not be going into an office to do their work.
Further conclusions include:
1. For many people, government guidance alone will not be enough to get them back to traveling to offices in city center locations;
2. Organizations will need to develop ‘build back better’ change and engagement programs to address employee confidence, negotiate new working arrangements and demonstrate to their employees that office attendance and travel are safe;
3. Many employment contracts and HR policies will need to be overhauled to recognize the new normal hybrid world as most contracts refer to ‘the office’ as the place of work;
4. Where organizations wish to transition to more flexible working models, leaders at all levels will need to facilitate open conversations with their employees to identify and agree new models of working for the team that blend individual needs and desires with business needs and priorities.
5. The human brain’s natural pre-occupation is to maintain our social and physical safety and many people will take time to accept that the risk of commuting to the office is greater than the value of physical attendance.
Please click here to download the report.
- The effect of personal practices and behaviors on workflow
- The importance of knowledge and social relations with regard to productivity
- Community-building and the importance of developing trust
If you would like to learn more about the key factors of employee productivity, check out our channel over at YouTube. Our channel is Open Sourced Workplace. If you would like to listen to more of what Andrew has to say, start by watching the following video:
Now for your thinking time - take a few minutes and write down the answers to these questions:
How do you measure employee productivity?
How do your organization measure and value employee productivity?
What is the ideal work environment for your company?
Is emphasizing employee productivity the key to unlocking the potential of all generations?
What metrics should you use to measure employee productivity?
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