Recent statistics released by the Conference Board estimate that domestic workplace productivity in the United States only increased 0.34 percent between 2011 and 2016. When compared to the average 1.93 percent average between 1990 and 2010, it’s a dismal number. In fact, workplace productivity in the US even falls behind that of other major world economies, such as the UK, Germany and Canada.
Now, generally speaking, increased productivity means domestic workers can produce more output with the same or fewer hours worked thanks to technological innovations or process improvements. A stagnating national productivity rate means the US workers are working longer hours and producing less. This in turn means slower economic growth and less prosperity. So how can companies ensure their workers are as productive as possible?
We’ve highlighted three common workplace productivity problems, and how your company can fix them.
1. Encouraging Process Over Productivity
Many companies will continue to do a task the same way for many years, even when circumstances have changed or technology has improved, simply because it is how it has been done. This often results in long, drawn out processes that could easily be cut short with a bit of innovative thinking and costing companies hundreds of man-hours.
In order to avoid this drain on resources, it is best to take a step back once in awhile from tried and true processes and determine if they could be improved. Could an interactive survey about customer experience to a group of employees replace individual emails? Could a script be written to automatically pull data from the company database, rather than having an administrative assistant perform manual entry? There is usually room for improving the efficiency of company processes if a little brainpower and out of box thinking is applied.
3. Restrictive or Inadequate Technology
One way processes may become inefficient is through a lack of proper technology. Employers often don’t realize that employees do not have the proper technology or equipment to do their jobs as efficiently as possible, and may balk at the thought of investing in expensive new hardware and software. But an employee that has to wait 30 minutes every day for their computer to load, rather than answering emails and getting to the core of their job duties can cost companies much more in the long run.
By the same token, requiring employees to do tasks manually that could be much more efficiently performed by a software program bogs down human employees in tedious tasks instead of allowing them to innovate.
3. Poor Training
Perhaps even worse than not having the tools you need to complete a job is having those tools, but not knowing how best to use them. Rather than allowing employees to guess how a certain software or business process works—which can often take hours or even days of trial and error to figure out, and result in costly mistakes—investing in thorough training can ensure things are done right the first time.
You might also like our recent blog post 5 Office Productivity Killers (And How to Avoid Them).
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