Employers constantly look for ways to get the most from their employees. And 2015 is no different. After all, if employees are more productive, your company benefits.
But in most cases, they don't seem to get it right.
If you're one of these employers, we've got you covered.
Today, we reveal seven tips you can use to make 2015 your employees' most productive year yet.
Read on to find out how...
Tip #1: Challenge your employees
Use these seven tips to increase employee productivity in 2015
Give stretching assignments to your rising stars, say the experts behind the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management.
Your employees will respond positively to new challenges and this will help them realise their potential.
Remember, if your employees are bored with their tasks, they won't be productive. So assign your employees interesting and challenging tasks. This way, you'll engage them and they will be more productive.
Tip #2: Give your employees recognition
Being generous with praise will help you increase employee productivity. It motivates your employees. And, as you know, motivated employees are productive ones.
If your employee did something great, praise him and give him feedback either in private or in public.
Just remember to have a balance between these so your other employees don't feel like you're excluding them or feel like you're trying to embarrass them for not doing well.
Tip #3: Adopt a learning attitude to mistakes
Put steps in place to prevent mistakes from recurring. This will prevent a climate of fear developing among your employees.
Tip #4: Always treat your employees with respect
Never put your employees down in front of others. Always give constructive criticism to an individual in private. Never attack a person, rather focus on the problem.
In addition, listen to your employees and ask relevant questions to show that you have an interest in what they're saying.
Tip #5: Be a role model
Always walk the talk as a leader. You decrease employee productivity if you say one thing and do the other.
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Tip #6: Connect employee aims to larger company objectives
'Your employees want to know how their work contributes to larger company strategies. Show them the big picture' writes entrepreneur, Zeynep Ilgaz on entrepreneur.com.
Ilgaz says 'you must share your company's overarching goals for the year and discuss how your employees' individual efforts can help accomplish this mission. [And] Be sure your employees know how integral they are.'
Tip #7: Discuss personal goals alongside professional aims
According to Ilgaz, 'achieving fulfillment and overall happiness in the workplace is crucial to your employees' productivity.'
She says a study by economists at the University of Warwick found that happiness makes people about 12% more productive in the workplace.
She recommends you listen closely to your employees' personal goals and make an effort to help them achieve them. This way, everybody wins.
There you have it: Use these tips to increase employee productivity
PS: For more tips, check out the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management.