Do you have a job, or do you have a career? Are you happy with what you do to earn a living? Have you thought about what else you would rather be doing to earn money to pay your bills and keep a roof over your head? I had no plans for my future as I worked my way through high school. I was as free-spirited as they come. On my 22nd birthday, I made a decision that it was time to make some changes. I started working with a career consultant to create a plan that would help me improve my life. Find out more about changing your work life to improve your overall life here on my blog.
If you are managing employees as part of your job, you certainly want them to work as efficiently and productively as possible. This will allow your company to get more work done within the same amount of time. Here are some tips for improving your employees' performance.
1. Ask What Training They Need and Provide It
First, identify any areas where your employees are weak. Go online and create an anonymous form that all of your employees can fill out and submit to you. Stress that it is anonymous and that no one will be punished for any of the answers to ensure that you get the most candid responses possible. Be sure that you leave an open-ended text box response for the question "what kinds of training do you feel would be useful?" Also ask the question if there are any areas of your employees' jobs that they don't feel comfortable completing on their own.
Once you have the information, be sure that you analyze it to see if there are any trends If everyone is saying that they don't know how to handle angry customer calls over a particular product that has been recalled, you might want to do some role-playing in a training session to be sure that everyone knows exactly how to deal with that situation. Make sure that you provide the necessary training for your employees so that they have all of the tools they need to succeed.
2. Set Performance Goals for Each Employee
At the beginning of the year or at the beginning of every quarter, sit down with each of your employees and ask them what their goals are for the coming period of time and what they plan to do to reach these goals. You want to do everything that you can to help your employees figure out what they want out of their work situation and identify steps that will move them towards the level of productivity that they want and that you want. By asking about performance goals, you can show your employees that you care. Be sure to follow up with each employee at the end of a designated period of time to see if they are making progress. This will give your employees some accountability that will likely lead to them getting more done.
3. Use Optimization Tools
Finally, be sure that you are giving your employees all of the tools that they need to be successful. This could be software to help them process data more quickly. It could be a tool that allows them to dispense tape more quickly and process boxes within a shorter period of time. Ask your employees for what they think would be useful.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in business performance training.Share