14th December 2022

Maximizing Employee Production in 2023

How to Increase Productivity in the Workplace

As we wrap up 2022, many of us look ahead to the upcoming year with big goals and ambitions for ourselves, our teams, and our businesses. Whatever you’re hoping to achieve in 2023, it’s helpful to take some time to think about the practical side of your goals and consider what you can do now to set yourself up for success down the road.

It’s safe to say many of us would love to see productivity in the workplace rise this next year. If you’re like most businesses, 2022 was full of shifts in the workplace, quiet quitting, and maybe even the loss of some top talent. Though it was a hard year as a leader, there are changes you can make to ensure 2023 is better for you and your team.

If you find yourself wondering how to increase productivity in the workplace, be encouraged! Your curious mindset is just what you need to help move your team into a more productive and engaged headspace. If you’re willing to test out some of the productivity hacks mentioned below, you might be surprised by how much you and your team can get done in 2023!

It Starts with Employee Engagement

Employee engagement and productivity go hand in hand; simply put, engaged employees are more productive. If your team members aren’t actively engaged in the work they’re doing on a daily basis, productivity will be the first to suffer. How much more productive are engaged employees, you may ask? The answer: “Highly engaged teams show 21% greater profitability” according to Forbes. When you consider how this fleshes out over the course of a year, it’s clear that engagement matters. Think about what a 21% increase in productivity could mean for you and your team. Beyond output, think about how much more of a healthy company culture you’ll see if your employees show up engaged with passion, purpose, and vision. Not only will your company put out better results, but it will also be a place your team wants to be – which is invaluable in this time of high turnover.

If you’re struggling to know exactly what engagement looks like, there are a number of resources available to help. Check out this blog post for some guidance, and remember: employee engagement is simply finding ways to make your workplace an enjoyable place to be.

Help Your Team Set Goals

Goal setting is key to keeping your employees motivated. Having no guidance or being overloaded with big projects can overwhelm even the most intrinsically motivated people; goals ensure your employees know what they’re doing, why they’re doing it, and how they can get it all done. So, help your team set small, achievable goals to keep them on track. Not only will goals provide motivation, but they will build up each person’s confidence in their ability to tackle projects. With more confidence comes more willingness to take ownership and put in effort – thus, more productivity. Be sure to check in with your team after you have established personal and company goals. Accountability and rewarding good work help make goals more effective.

Communicate Well

Even engaged and motivated employees will struggle to be productive if communication is poor. This includes communication between peers, as well as communication between yourself and your team. Making yourself available to your employees will make them feel more connected to you, your company, and your goals. In addition, effective communication allows work to be done correctly and efficiently from the start. Less time is wasted going back to fix errors or make updates. Good communication is proactive; it ensures everyone understands what their role is and how to do it before problems arise. Of course, it’s only natural to encounter some bumps along the way, but it’s much easier to deal with them if your team is already on the same page. Needless to say, it’s worth the time to refine your communication systems if you find communication to be a pain point in your company.

Encourage Continuing Education

Continuing education opportunities are another great tactic for keeping your team engaged and productive. When your team members have the chance to continue their learning in a field related to the work they do, it encourages them to take ownership of your company’s success because as they grow their skills, it’s natural for them to want to apply them in real-time. It also allows them to truly thrive in their careers; after all, having the right tools for the job makes all the difference!

So, What’s Next?

Increased productivity comes down to relationship building. Your team needs to know you’re there for them. This could look like implementing new engagement strategies, setting team goals, refining communication between managers and employees, encouraging continued education, or a combination of all of the above. In the end, you need to have an ongoing relationship with your team so you can know what they need from you to be their most productive selves.

If you could use some help in any of these areas, we’d love to connect with you! We offer Productivity Training if you want to dive deeper into this topic, but we also have an Employee Engagement course and an Email Inbox Management course if you are looking to refine your skills in engagement or communication specifically. We’re happy to help make 2023 your most productive year yet!