Tips on Improving Productivity Every Day

November 20th, 2020

You work hard, and over time, your years of hard work seem to slowly pay off. You do the best you can for your employer and gradually, day by day and year by year, you can see increases in your overall productivity. A task that once took three hours now takes two, and you’re better able to put that saved hour to your advantage than you used to be. That’s great. But what if you could find a way to take these steady, gradual productivity increases and speed them up? What if you could make yourself one percent more productive with each passing day? Where would you be in a year?

Try these tips for one year and see what happens.

First, define productivity.

Your definition may vary from someone else’s, so make sure you know exactly what you’re trying to improve. Do you want to process more client transactions per day? Do you want to manage larger accounts? Do you want to finish your work faster so you can go home and spend more hours with your friends and family? Determine what “productivity” means to you and write it down. Then you can get to work.

Look for weaknesses in your current system.

Maybe you really enjoy sleeping till nine and you have a hard time getting your workday started, and maybe that precious hour between eight and nine offers lots of opportunities to get things done. In that case, focus on that hour. How can you get to bed earlier and fall asleep faster? How can you motivate yourself to be on your feet one hour earlier? What steps can you take to shore up this one specific weakness in your current routine?

Look for obstacles and find ways to skate around them.

Maybe your job requires you to get daily approvals from Steve in accounting before you take any critical step forward. And maybe Steve tends to stand in your way for frustrating reasons. Focus on those reasons and find a way to remove—or at least reduce—this productivity-draining roadblock. If you face several of these problems throughout your day, tackle and solve just one at a time. Keep at it until each separate issue has been addressed.

Look inside yourself.

Is there something else holding you back? Not just one frustrating account manager, but something bigger, an obstacle that lies within your own mind or heart? If so, study this problem fearlessly and face it down. There’s a chance it may be simpler than you think. For example, what if you just don’t like this job and you’d rather be somewhere else? What if you’ve outgrown this entire industry and it’s time for a new start? If you look inside and find that your biggest obstacle to productivity is yourself, be bold. Gather your courage and make the moves you need to make in order to turn your life in the right direction. If it’s time for a new employer, or a new job altogether, the experts at PSU can help. Contact our office today.

How to Show Your Team You Appreciate Them

November 6th, 2020

Your team shows up every single day, no matter what, and they care enough about your enterprise to dedicate a third of their lives to supporting your success. They put everything else on hold to manage your accounts and orders or take care of your clients and customers, and while you pay them a fair salary (why else would they do this?), you also appreciate their contributions on a personal level. So how can you let them know? How can you remind them—on regular basis—that your company wouldn’t exist without them?

Here are a few simple tips.

Take the time to reinforce your personal bond.

Businesses are built on relationships, and if your employees care about you—and trust that you care about them—your company will thrive. Take a few minutes out of each day to sit with at least one member of your team and check-in. Ask how they’re doing, ask how they feel about their work and projects, and find out if there’s anything they need that might help them do their jobs. Just a quick chat and a moment of connection can go a long way.

Just say it.

Sometimes we wrap ourselves in knots wondering how we can express a certain feeling in an appropriate way, and we miss the obvious. Just speak. Simply tell your employees that you appreciate and depend on them via regular announcements, personal conversations, or small gestures (like surprise half-days). The message won’t be lost, no matter how many times your repeat it.

Acknowledge rough times.

When a huge order comes in and everyone on the team has to work late for a little while, show that you recognize this sacrifice. If a rough season rolls through (a spate of terrible weather, a virus, the loss of a beloved coworker) make it clear that you understand the challenges your employees are facing. Don’t act like nothing is happening and the bar of expectation has not changed.

Gifts and parties cost little and bring big returns.

Throw a holiday party and arrange a company picnic during the summer if you can, but in between these two big opportunities, try to turn ordinary Fridays into minor celebrations. Sponsor happy hours, acknowledge birthdays, and occasionally order lunch for your entire team…for no specific reason. These small gestures create lasting memories and can have an impact that resonates and improves your company culture.

Thank them for appreciating you.

If your employees say something positive about the company online or proudly wear the company logo in public, make sure the gesture is acknowledged. Let them know that these small words and actions make a difference. If you can, return the gesture by announcing and celebrating outside accomplishments, like employee achievements in art, sports, or charity.

Thank and appreciate your employees with both your words and actions, and do so as often as possible. For more guidance on cultivating positive company culture, turn to the experts at PSU

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