As a leader, you might be productive. But is your team able to keep up?
You’re probably always thinking of ways to increase your productivity. You also have to do the same for your employees. This expectation should never be shouldered by them alone – you have to lend them a hand as well.
It’s important to invest in your employees’ productivity so you can show them that you’re not treating them like cogs in your machine. You need to prove that you’re also there to set them up for success as they grow in your company.
What can you do to show your employees that you will help them be more productive? Take these three steps.
Invest in technology
Employees waste so many hours because of lagging laptops, old software, and cheap work phones. How can you help them be more productive when you don’t equip them with the right tools?
In the long run, scrimping on technology will only hurt your business. Completion of tasks will take longer and your employees will just end up frustrated. It’s best to allocate more budget into those kinds of investments, rather than spending more on repairs and replacements down the line.
Don’t let your team members work in less than ideal conditions. Give them what they need and let them do the work well.
Professional development in the company is crucial to your employees’ success. How can you expect your employees to grow and achieve results if they’re not equipped with the knowledge to make it possible?
Don’t expect your employees, especially new hires, to know everything they need to know right off the bat. It’s good to learn from experience, but it’s also important to train them well so that they know all the nooks and crannies of the job as well as everything that is expected of them.
By giving your employees insider knowledge, you allow them to grow into their positions properly. They will be ready to perform their duties optimally if you prepare them for it.
Understand what they’re capable of
Each of your employees gets their own sets of tasks and assignments. But are you delegating the right ones to them? A lot of employees would rather accept the task and come up with a substandard output, only because they’re afraid to admit that they’re not equipped for it.
You need to know what your team members’ strengths and weaknesses are. That way, all of you won’t end up wasting time because they’re not comfortable doing the task or they don’t feel that they are knowledgeable enough to complete it.
As a leader, you have to understand what your team members are capable of. Don’t make them feel any less because they’re inept at one thing; give them another thing you know they’ll do good at.