By: Kevin Faber
Many companies around America struggle with communication between the management, the employees, and every level for that matter. Unfortunately, bad communication can lead to lower production and even conflict within the company, squandering sales and hurting reputation.
However, there are some companies out there that excel in communication throughout the entire hierarchy within that establishment. These are the companies that see growth year after year. These are the companies that have built a strong and trustworthy team that looks to help the company every single day.
Creating unity within the organization creates an optimal workplace for everyone involved, ultimately leading to greater production and efficiency. In this article, I’m going to be breaking down how you can improve the overall communication throughout your work environment so that you to can experience a fully united team that is fully efficient.
1. Eliminate Motivation Killers
For your staff to be fully productive and efficient in the workplace, they have to be motivated to want to do this work. If motivation killers lurk around the office daily, whether that be people or things, they can really play a role in how productive your employees are. If you’re an authoritative figure in the workplace, your first step is to figure out and identify what motivation killers are unique to your work environment. Depending on the business, these killers could be toxic people, bad attitudes, horrible organization, bad communication, and a lack of appreciation for your staff.
Next, address these issues head-on and try a variety of ways to get rid of them. After all, every business is different and requires different approaches.
2. Set Clear Goals
If you don’t have a specific target for your employees to aim for, they won’t know what or how much to produce. If they don’t know what or how much to produce of something, they won’t be fully utilized and will be inefficient at whatever their job is.
To combat this, set clear goals for each of the areas of your business. These goals should be attainable for your employees but also be a challenge for them as well. If you make them too easy, you are still going to be operating in an inefficient manner. These goals should be broken up into long-term and short-term goals.
Also, management should be able to give constructive feedback frequently, bringing up what the employee is doing good at as well as what the employee should improve on. If an employee does well, acknowledge and reward that behavior. If something needs to be addressed, do it in a constructive way that the employee can learn from.
One of the ways that your company can help with these goals is through installing a GPU database. This database will help break down the analytics and targets within the company. In the end, these management practices will allow your team to focus on productivity and growth, making your company more efficient and organized.
3. Communicate Effectively
Communication can either be your best friend or your worst nightmare when it comes to workplace productivity. Similar to goals, every person within the organization should know why they are there and know what they can do to help the company succeed. The employee should be familiar with the hierarchy within the business and know where they stand in that hierarchy. They should know who to reach out to if they are having problems in a certain area.
Then again, communication is a two-way street. If you’re in a management position, you need to be giving feedback regularly to your employees. Now, you don’t have to micromanage the establishment but you do need to be frequent in your communication. Proper communication allows for both parties to express their views on productivity and on the overall workplace environment in general.
4. Define Workplace Culture
Culture is a major factor in defining job satisfaction and job unity. By having a specific and defined culture, employees will know what to expect each day at work. As a company, it is important to make sure that the culture includes open dialogue between employees, trust, and encouragement.
In addition, your company should have core values that align with your culture. By combining these aspects, your employees will be able to see how taking part in the company’s culture will help them to work towards the core values. Including an incentive for getting a front row parking spot or core value reward can further the integration of a strong culture in the workplace. However, it is important to note that this should not change other vital parts of your work. Make sure that the culture can fit seamlessly with current work procedures and expectations.
In the end, enhancing workplace productivity can be a drag for any of the parties involved. It’s a long process that takes a good amount of time to perfect. However, these management practices are crucial for the growth of your company. Also, your staff will become more united in the process.
About the author
Kevin Faber is the CEO of Silver Summit Capital. He graduated from UC Davis with a B.A. in Business/Managerial Economics. In his free time, Kevin is usually watching basketball or kicking back and reading a good book.
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