5 Ways to Improve Employee Efficiency

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Employees are the major assets of any organisation. They play an active role towards the company’s success and can ensure competitivity in the marketplace. That’s why it is imperative for businesses to find the tools that help their workers maximize their performance.

 

  1. Fight Standing Fatigue

There are many jobs that require standing up for a prolonged period of time, including factory work, retail, hospitality and security. A recent study revealed more than 50% of people get tired after standing up for less than an hour. According to researchers, standing up for a prolonged time can cause discomfort, mental and physical fatigue and overall strain in the body, while also impacting employee productivity.

What’s more, standing fatigue appears to affect any age, contrary to the popular belief that younger people’s tolerance for standing is higher. Some solutions in this situation would involve using activity-permissive workstations, which include sit-stand desks with anti-fatigue mats and workstations that incorporate treadmills, cross-trainers and stationary cycles. It is important for workers to experience a balance between sitting and standing, as too much sitting can also be unhealthy.

 

  1. Setting Up Clear Goals

One way to help employees become more efficient is to give them a focused, clear and narrow goal to aim for. If the goal is not well defined and achievable, employee productivity will suffer. It is important for employers to let their staff know about their expectations and inform them about the importance of their work and its impact on the company. The objective attributed to employees should be S.M.A.R.T, an acronym that stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.

 

  1. Managing Workplace Stress

While some level of workplace stress is normal, excessive stress can interfere with employee physical and emotional health and affect them on many levels. This can diminish their overall performance and productivity and increase absenteeism as well as  ‘presenteeism’, in other words - attending work when unwell and unproductive.

As an employer, it is important to manage workplace stress and assess every case regularly by observing the behavior of your employees. Organizing occasional meetings with the team and with each team member separately opens up the chance to discuss the difficulties faced and what measures can be taken to improve their conditions.

 

  1. Incentivizing Your Staff

A way to motivate employees is to show them your appreciation for what they already do well. In this way, they will feel encouraged and will have more reasons to continue doing a good job. When rewarding them, make sure you take into account their individual needs or preferences. Some potential ideas include offering them monetary rewards, giving them new learning opportunities, taking them out for meals and recognizing their merits in the presence of their peers.

 

  1. Granting More Breaks

Recent studies have shown evidence that recovering via workday breaks can have a critical impact on employee work-health balance. According to research results, it is better to take more short breaks during the day than limit yourself to just a few long ones. Ideally, employees should be able to work in 90-minute spurts, followed quickly by a short break. This pattern helps the brain function better and therefore, maximizes productivity.

Professor K. Anders Ericsson from Florida State University states: “To maximize gains from long-term practice, individuals must avoid exhaustion and must limit practice to an amount from which they can completely recover on a daily or weekly basis.”

By limiting fatigue to a level that doesn’t make recovering difficult in a short amount of time, both the level of employee job satisfaction, as well as their productivity, will ultimately be enhanced.

Overall, it can be challenging to maintain and increase employee efficiency in the workplace. But for business owners who want their company to thrive, focusing their efforts on their workers’ well-being, it’s one of the most important conditions. It is equally important to seek new ways to improve the company’s work culture so it will be more productive.

 

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