By Aoife Gorey
As a manager, it can be easy to complain and report to the executive team that your employees are not working effectively and meeting goals. How often do we ask ourselves, “am I enabling my people to be the best that they can be?” You may be hindering your own team’s effectiveness and productivity!
The word effective is defined as “producing a desired result, or ready for service or action.” If employees produce work that is aligned with expectations and corporate strategy, they do it efficiently and in a timely manner, then you have hit a gold mine! Effectiveness and productivity are crucial because while an effective employee may execute his job duties, if his job description is not aligned with company expectation, then we may not consider him to be a productive employee. A highly productive employee whose work is not being used may not be considered an effective employee.
America’s Most Productive Companies is just one study of many conducted by the Profiles Research Institute. These organizations make employee effectiveness a high priority in their organizations. Goals must be achieved at the employee level in order to observe achieved goals at an organizational level. In the research report, these winning organizations define objectives and goals at all levels of the company and ensure that they are closely aligned with corporate strategy.
Boasting productive and effective employees is a tricky thing to do, but here are 5 ways to try and marry the two.
1. Ensure each job has distinct and measurable goals
Make sure that five people are never doing the job of three. Closely monitor and benchmark each individual’s contribution to the team. Align roles and responsibilities with the organizations goals, so that employees can help execute the strategy and clearly see the impact of their work.
2. Create a clear and well communicated company strategy
As we all know, strategy must be created by upper management, and cascade down throughout the organization. Invest in informative tools such as team analysis assessments to help your front-line manager better understand their people.
3. Create designer departments
Design your department in such a way so that positions within each department can easily execute the strategy. Ensure each employee has the correct ‘fit’ for their job and that department, such as, proper experience, skills and equipment to perform at full capacity.
4. Monitor and measure performance
Hold department meetings as well as one-on-one tag up meetings. This encourages employees to stay focused on the tasks at hand and achieve their goals. It also promotes a great sense of team work in the department. Performance-driven cultures can be highly effective, make it known and praise an employee when they do a good job. One of the oldest tricks in the book!
5. Let team members take ownership of achieving goals
Although open communication and meetings are a regular occurrence, allow employees to take ownership and manage their own success. When team members know their purpose, they will be more likely to be engaged and committed to the organization’s overall success. Never discourage failure as risk taking drives company innovation and employees are more likely to push themselves if they have no fear of being reprimanded for doing so.
In today’s economy, it is critical to get the most productivity from every employee. These five tips will help you to ensure that every employee performs to the best of their ability and delivers significant value to your organization.
Every organization is different! How do you ensure effective and productive employees in your company?