Having a productive team is one of the most important things you can have if you’re going to grow your business and get to where you want to be. However, if you have a feeling that your team just aren’t as productive as they could be, there may be a few reasons for this.
Here, we’re going to explore the biggest reasons your team may not be as productive as you’d like, and what you can do about it. Take a look to learn more:
You’re Not The Best Boss You Could Be
As a rule, before looking at your team you should always look at yourself. Having an unproductive team could mean that you’re just not doing all you can to be the best boss. A good boss isn’t afraid to get their hands dirty, opens up communication with the team, resolves conflicts, recognizes hard work, and shows their team that they matter, among other things. You can’t ignore your staff and expect them to just get on with it. Having an open door policy will mean they feel more confident coming to you if they have an issue. Maybe you could also improve your communication skills, and leadership skills in general.
They Don’t Have Everything They Need To Complete Their Jobs To A High Standard
Do your team have everything they need to complete their jobs to the standard that you expect? If not, it’s time to ask them what would help them. Now, a super expensive, really comfortable computer chair might look nice, but in the grand scheme of things it’s unlikely to make much of a difference. You’re better off looking at equipment and things in the workplace that directly impact their quality of work. Maybe you simply need to get some heavy duty casters so they can move things around more easily. Maybe they need better machinery, or some software. Whatever it is, invest in it. Investing in things like this is investing in your business and will help you to grow.
You’re Not Listening To Them
It doesn’t matter if you have an open door policy if you’re not listening to your team. Your staff are the most important group of people next to your customers, and if they are unhappy, it’s probable that your customers will be unhappy too. Make sure you listen to your team and make changes to make them happier. You want to go above and beyond for them, like you would your customers.
There’s Conflict In The Office
If there’s conflict in the office, it’s going to be a pretty difficult place to be every day. It’s up to you to notice things like this and nip issues in the bud before they get worse.
The Office Environment Is Unhealthy or Uninspiring
If the office or work environment is unhealthy or uninspiring, you’ll run into problems. It should be clean and tidy (the job of a professional cleaner, not your staff), and it should look nice. People have to work in there for a large portion of their day, so make it a great place to be.