Productivity is the big word in business. How fast can it be done? Can it be done faster? How can we do it faster? It doesn’t let up, and this can really have a negative impact on your staff. In startup companies, the pressure to succeed can lead to internal conflicts and make the environment more stressful than it already is. There must be a way to impact on productivity and not make it to the detriment of our staff? What approaches and tactics can we implement to make sure that our staff are not only cranking out the work, but also feel unburdened by pressure? And are there systems we can use to make our tech work smarter and harder for us?
Technology is a big factor in how we run our businesses and how productive our staff can be. We have analytics tools which churn out stats on everything, but are they really the tools we need to be using to make our staff work better? Technology needs to be efficient, and if your systems are sub-par, investing in faster tech will speed up your business processes and make you more efficient without even trying. Making the most of the back office functions is the step to take if you want to increase productivity. Systems like CRMs work tirelessly in the background on menial tasks without the need for human operation so you can focus your staff’s attentions onto other tasks. If you need to find a way to implement productivity, there are many apps that help with this, but if you wanted to develop a fresh way to appeal to your employees, you might want to create your own. A company like ProviDyn can work with you in this to develop your own business app that can be interactive and as detailed as you want it. Productivity is the art of being efficient without realizing it. Once the stress has been taken out of the equation, it will not seem so pressured. Creating an app that caters for downtime, or provides fun tasks may be the clue to unlocking the stress in your business and increasing the amount of work.
Our staff is just as important to our final product as our tech. We need to make sure that they are working, not just productively, but effectively. Focusing on the quality of work over quantity is one method to overcome staff issues. There are things you can do to aid productivity, such as putting in a pool table (adequate breaks have been shown to increase productivity), but you can also implement good ways of working too. The Pomodoro technique is one such method. By setting a timer for 25 minutes and following a few simple rules, you can get a lot of work done. It is a way that has been proven to aid productivity and decrease distractions. Focus is the enemy of productivity, and if we begin to tackle that instead of putting our staff under more and more pressure, we will begin to see a major change in the way business work.
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