1. Department: Food

Tips on encouraging your staff to produce more

If you want to drive your business onwards and into the future, then you are going to need a strong, reliable workforce.

Your employees are the heart of your business. They speak to your customers, make sales, run your production lines, innovate, and have ideas about how to improve your business. If you don’t treat your staff right then you are not going to get the best out of them.

The good news is that there are many ways you can motivate your team and get them to produce more. So, let’s find out a few ways how.

Give them the right tools

Have you ever tried fitting a square plug into a circular hole? No, well, that’s because it doesn’t work.

If you are trying to get your team to work miracles using all the wrong pieces of equipment, then you are not going to get the best results, and you will frustrate your team, and they are likely to leave.

So, you must invest in the right tools. That means all tools, including software. Don’t use an outdated system as this can have multiple issues, such as bugs and viruses, which slow down the work speed. Additionally, you should look to automate all the tasks you can.

Automation takes an employee off of a boring task to be used in a more meaningful way. You may be shocked at the number of tasks that can be automated these days, such as marketing with this best marketing automation software.

The best thing you can do is look for the best tools to do the job you are undertaking and upgrade when and where appropriate.        

Make the work environment pleasant

Going to work to a miserable, dingy, smelly, bland place all day is not ideal. This is one way to turn your employees off and force them to look for work elsewhere. You need to work on the aesthetics of your workplace.

First of all, declutter and organise the space; this will make it look better and make it easier to find things. Then ensure that you are allowing as much natural light in as possible.

They may mean buying new windows and skylights, opening up office spaces, getting doors with windows in, and walls with windows, etc. Natural light is a huge mood booster, so you need to maximize that.

Other things to consider are the color of the walls. Light colors are great at making spaces appear larger, also consider colors that have the effect of reducing stress and making staff more productive. If you do have a particularly small workspace, you could try adding a few mirrors to make it appear larger too.

Also, rearranging the furniture layout may help. Other things to consider are plants to look nice and improve the air quality. You need to make sure that the temperature is ideal too, so a working furnace and air-con unit if need be.

Consider things like offering free teas and coffee if you don’t already. A few paintings wouldn’t go amiss either.

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