5 simple ways to improve employee productivity
Productivity is a term that plagues most companies today,
considering the amount of distractions an employee has to
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navigate today. A distressingly high number of employees are
disengaged and generally not functioning at optimal level.
However, it is difficult to actually measure productivity. One
employee may slog for six hours and write 100 lines of reasonably
good code, while another may generate a brilliant loop of ten lines
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in three days.
So, can you say who is more productive? This is a difficult
question to answer because different types of programmers have
In this scenario, both are equally productive.
Things get even more difficult when you want to measure the
productivity of teams spread across geographies because there
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are several factors to consider. Companies usually setup teams
across countries over time and so maturity levels will tend to vary.
Countries themselves may be at different levels of maturity in
different areas. India, for instance, has good code writers but the
ability to design and architect a new product has never been a
core strength. Some other country may have people with accentneutral English, making them ideal for BPO jobs, but they may not
be able to produce competent code.
But companies cannot just believe that it is difficult to measure
productivity and so do nothing about it. How can you change this
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and inculcate a more productive mindset in your employees?
feedback on a regular basis. The ability to offer criticism to
employees in a manner that doesn’t discourage anyone is the
cornerstone of effective management.
Respect employees as people: The simple fact is that when
people feel genuinely valued, they will also be willing to go the
extra mile for the company. Avoid micromanaging your employees
and trust them to do their job if you want to provide a good working
Set clear goals: There’s nothing more frustrating for employees
as not knowing what is expected of them. Provide weekly, monthly
and quarterly goals so employees are able to manage time more
effectively, which will ultimately improve productivity.
Training programs: Companies have a tendency to invest more
Dedicating resources to training will encourage employees to learn
more about the industry and stay on top of their game.
Support employees: This can be through any form – replacing
outdated systems, emotional support, flexible work-life balance –
and builds employee loyalty and goodwill. Further, managers need
to recognize and praise employees for a job well done.
Talent Neuron has developed a feature which compares various
factors for employee productivity across cities. This is important as
companies are able to gauge the kind of employees they can
expect in a particular location and the measures necessary to