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There are many things that go into a successful business, but productivity is one of the most important. If you’re not keeping up standards in productivity, then you’re going to risk falling into bad habits as a CEO, and allowing your business to just keep ticking over without really going anywhere. Strangely, the upper management of any business can often be pretty disconnected with the things that end up sapping productivity in the workplace. Here are a few that you should be looking out for.
If your employees are living in their inboxes, then it may be time to make some changes. While it’s true that email is pretty much essential to any modern business, if your employees are spending too much of the working day sorting through a chaotic slew of emails, then they’re going to be spending less time actually fulfilling their roles! If workers are drowning in emails, or using them as an excuse not to work, it may be time to find more efficient communication method.
Hazy Work-Life Boundaries
This is one that can work either way. If you’re being too lax with your employees and letting them take personal calls in the middle of the work day, or you’re always calling them at home and getting them to polish off little tasks, then it’s invariably going to sap efficiency. Depending on what the problem is, your workers are either going to be dragging themselves through the work day, or be so over-worked that the unnecessary stress leads to a burnout. Make sure you’re not letting laziness slide, and that workloads are being spread out fairly over everyone.
Untidy Working Environment
While some people would still be able to work in a literal pigsty, a dirty or disorganised office is going to have a negative impact on most people’s productivity. Aside from the added risk of sickness (and therefore sick days), a clean, tidy office has been proven time and time again to have a positive impact on staff morale, which in turn makes it easier for them to get stuck into their work. Take a moment to look around your office. If you know that it’s seen better days, then have a word with your cleaning staff, or look into outsourcing the job to a professional office cleaning company.
Are the deadlines you set individual workers being treated more like guidelines than non-negotiable rules? Sure, someone occasionally slipping five or ten minutes over to polish off a piece of work isn’t going to make much of a difference. However, if extensions are taken as a given, and nothing’s being delivered on time, then you may be breeding a company culture where laziness is no big deal. No one wants to be a dragon of a boss, but if you keep letting deadlines slide it’s seriously going to harm your company in the long run. Start cracking down on people who are going over deadline, and make sanctions if necessary.
If you’re worried about your business’s productivity, scour it for these issues, then stamp them out!
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