The desire for increased productivity is one of the reasons that a company or organization hires employees in the first place. They want to increase productivity so they can also increase profitability, which will (theoretically) be good news for everybody.
The bad news is that productivity is often difficult to increase and easy to lose. In fact, even if you don’t lose an employee, you can still lose productivity, depending upon what is happening within your company’s workplace.
Below are five big danger signs of decreasing productivity:
#1—Messy and/or disorganized work environment
A person’s workspace is often, although not always, a reflection of what is happening inside of their mind. Some people are just naturally untidy.
However, if it appears that most or all of your employees appear to be disorganized, it might be a warning sign that productivity is being lost because obviously, the environment is not as efficient as it could (and should) be.
Having no complaints is probably not a realistic goal. Every once in a while, somebody is going to say something. Once again, if it appears as though complaining is a frequent occurrence, it presents two problems.
First, if an employee is complaining about something, then they’re not actually working, and if they’re not working, then they’re not being productive. Second, complaining is a possible sign of greater discord within the team or department, which can also negatively affect productivity.
#3—An apparent lack of structure
Structure lends itself to systems, and systems often lead to more productivity. Structure is required in the workplace for employees to operate more efficiently and more effectively and ultimately reach their full potential on the job, especially in terms of productivity.
#4—Too much “busy work.”
Just because an employee or worker is busy does not necessarily mean that they are also being productive. It’s not enough to work hard; you also have to work hard on the right things. It’s true that productivity is a precursor to profitability, but that is only the case when that productivity is centered upon those things that lead most directly to profitability.
#5—All work and no play
Finally, a workplace in which nobody is having any fun is a workplace in danger of experiencing decreased productivity. It might seem counterintuitive to suggest that promoting the idea of fun in the workplace is a way to increase productivity, but that suggestion is accurate. If people don’t have any fun at all where they work, then they will be less motivated to work hard and be productive.
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