How to Promote Productivity in the Workplace

May 5, 2015

Don’t Be Standard – STAND OUT!

Lack of innovation is a major contributing factor for stagnation. Stagnation causes unproductive workers because they feel stuck at a level that doesn’t encourage change or growth. Society does not fluctuate because nothing changes, but because everything changes! To prevent stagnation, be the change your employees need and promote productivity at work. Both of you will benefit from being more productive.

Great managers do not allow the world to revolve around them, but instead they help the world revolve. Innovative leaders consistently succeed in making improvements. Change can sometimes require a sort of wake up call. You may have to give your employees tips on how to increase productivity. If you don’t want sub-standard results, you can’t be sub-standard yourself. This means you have to stand out. All companies are different. With a large number of unique individuals as your employees, every company culture is different. You may have to think a little differently to help promote productivity. Let them know you are there to help them.

Play on the Same Team to Promote Productivity

Ernest Hemingway said, “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” You can promote productivity in your work environment by playing on the same TEAM. Too often those in positions of authority make the wrong assumption that being professional means treating those in less authoritative positions as less than you. The best way to increase productivity and progression is to begin with yourself. Your colleagues will notice your example and will follow suit. It all begins with one.

Walt Disney for example, was just one person. He was an inventor and a creator. He saw the potential in the ordinary and saw a way to be innovative and make improvements. The result was revolutionary. Paper drawings and sketches were magically turned into animation. Standing out doesn’t mean starting over, it means discovering your voice. The Walt Disney Company was born out of his voice. A team was built around his ideas and examples. Do the same at your company.

A Foundation of Self-Worth

Taking a leap of faith to promote productivity in the workplace means demanding it. In fact, do better than that. Demand it from yourself. The best of the best are constantly looking for ways to grow and improve. One great tip to increase productivity and self-improvement is having a foundation of self-worth. Motivation plays a great part in this, but so does the concept of setting goals. Integrating values that enforce social and professional integrity with co-workers creates a foundation of trust with your employees and instills a sense of productivity because the burden of feeling inadequate is lifted from their shoulders. You can strengthen your employees’ self-esteem with these eight tips.

  1. Value their uniqueness
  2. Show sincere interest in them
  3. Give them an important role
  4. Set realistic expectations
  5. Teach problem-solving skills
  6. Acknowledge their accomplishments
  7. Don’t compare them to others
  8. Avoid sarcasm

Promote Productivity By Writing Down Your Goals

People are more likely to achieve their goals simply by writing them down. That’s right. Just write them down. Productive people get things done. They consistently accomplish goals and achieve success, but not by winging it. They have goals, make priorities, and get things done.

  • Take a few minutes each day to jot down things you need to do
  • Keep your to-do list handy
  • Designate a specific time and place to accomplish your goals
  • Review regularly
  • Regroup and revise as needed

Moving toward your goals is contagious. It can ignite a chain reaction. Every executive employer should have “promote productivity” on their to-do list.

The Law of Attraction

Newton’s law of gravitation states that “any two bodies in the universe attract each other with a force that is directly proportional to the product of their masses.” Basically, results are equal to effort put in. When you seem unwilling, your employees will too. When you promote productivity, your employees will see that force and follow suit.

Your future begins with your next thought. You can attract more of what you want and less of what you don’t want simply by thinking. Understanding that we are all connected is powerful. Use this knowledge to your advantage. If you want a successful team, lead with a successful attitude. Improving productivity in the workplace will increase company morale, not just the bottom line. Achieving your goals begins with you. Just remember to write them down and teach your employees to do the same!

About the Author

Charlie Kimmel

As President and CEO, Charlie has dedicated his 25+ year career to executive search at Kimmel & Associates. Charlie began his career at Kimmel & Associates in 1990 as a Recruiter. In 1993, he graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where he received a BA in History.

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