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10 Methods for Leaders to Boost Productivity

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Today we look at ten methods for leaders to use to boost productivity in the office. Productivity is a measure of amount of work done per unit of time. Productivity will be measured very differently based upon what kind of business you work in. If you work in a manufacturing environment then you might look at units produced per hour. Every manager out there wants to get the most out of their employees and make them as efficient and hence productive as possible but there is a fine balance between pushing for better returns and overworking or exploiting employees.  Elise Leveque shares ten tips that leaders can use to boost productivity in their workplaces.

While employees are certainly responsible for the level of productivity in a business, the level of organisation and other factors from the management side are just as important. Here are a few things to take into consideration when trying to raise the level of productivity.

1. Create a Pleasing Environment

If your team is a team and not a pit of gladiators fighting against each other, your company will get a lot more things done.

It’s a lot better to have a group of people who work together, help and feed ideas to each other, than people who need to watch their back and try to keep all good ideas for themselves for fear of the competition.

2. Make Your Employees Happy

Underpaid, overworked employees will eventually flee your company in droves. Give them good benefits, a good pay for the work they do and occasional rewards when they excel, and you’ll have them stay, providing step 1 is in place.

…More at 10 Tips To Improve Productivity In The Workplace | Business 2

Leaders can and should encourage their employees to push the envelope in order to achieve excellence. Productivity gains can be achieved through many different methods. Process modifications, automation, and additional training are just a few of the ways that productivity gains can occur. There are behavioral and environmental factors that also contribute to production gains which are provided in the ten tips above. Share your thoughts and strategies with us in the comments below. Then modify the ten methods for leaders to boost productivity to fit your needs today.

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What To Do When There’s Too Much To Do Book Review

Too much to do? Join millions! Laura Stack‘s What To Do When There’s Too Much To Do takes a fresh approach to productivity with a forward focus. The book will show you 6 basic steps to help you put forward focus back into your work.

The Productivity Workflow Formula™ (PWF)

1. Determine what to do.

2. Schedule time to do it.

3. Focus your attention.

4. Process new information.

5. Close the loop.

6. Manage your capacity.

ROI is a key performance measure used in business. Stack takes ROI to the personal level asking you to look at your PROI (Personal Return on Investment). Do you know where you stand? What is important to you? What are your time wasters? Stack provides quick checklists for each step to help you get on your path to productivity quickly.

Full of useful insights and tips to pare down your task list to a manageable level while providing forward focus, add What To Do When There’s Too Much To Do to your reading list.

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Leading an Increase in Productivity

Productivity: Wrapping up the First Stage of a Special Project

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Less man power, over loaded schedules, constant connection to electronic communication and stimuli, tight deadlines = higher expectations in productivity. Do you feel you are leading an increase in productivity for your team? If not, what can you do?

In this excerpt Dolly Garland suggests awareness is a key factor

Before you can improve anything, you must have awareness of where you are.  Awareness is the first essential step in any kind of development, and you could break it down into various types. But there are three particular types of awareness which relate to productivity, and journaling can help you achieve these.

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Time Awareness

Many of us do things on auto-pilot. If you are always driving on the same route, at the same time, you probably don’t even think about where you are going. You sit in your car, get lost in your thoughts, and arrive at your destination. That applies to how you spend your time. You have to do certain things during the day, and most of the time, you do them the way you know how.

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Task Awareness

How aware are you of the things you do daily? You might have a big to-do list, and you are diligently crossing things off it, but are they the right things?

Are those things taking you closer to the things you really want to achieve, values you want to nurture, and the life you want to live? Are you applying the 80/20 rule?

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Result Awareness

You are filling your days doing tons of things. You are always busy, and your schedule feels like it’s unending. But what are you achieving? What are the tangible end results you can claim? Most good things take time to achieve, but if we are always in transit, working towards something but never quite getting there, then there is something wrong. For example, if you want to write a book, maybe it will take you 6 months to a year to write 90K words novel. But by the end of that year, you should at least have a finished first draft. That is your end result….More at 3 Types of Awareness That Can Improve Productivity

Productivity is not just about the end product your company presents. Your values and happiness are part of productivity. I challenge you to be aware of how you are leading an increase in productivity.

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How Do I Get More Done During My Workday?

How do I get more done during my workday?

One question that comes up all the time is “How do I get more done during my workday? There are endless books and articles on this subject but I prefer to keep everything very simple. Productivity is a big issue in business and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much you can accomplish if you follow these useful tips from Kevin Eikenberry.

How Do I Get More Done During My Workday?

Everyone would like to be more productive (well, at least anyone who might be reading these words). oday, some simple and important ideas for raising your productivity, starting immediately.

1. Stop. Multi. Tasking.  Seriously. It is an illusion if you think you can do it without hampering the effectiveness of either task.  Want proof?  When you are driving in heavy traffic, reduced visibility, or when you aren’t sure where you are going, what do you do?  Turn off the radio. Our minds know instinctively when the task is most important to shut down everything else.  Listen to your brain.  One task to completion, then the next.

2. Destroy distractions.   You know what distracts you. So remove the distraction. Unplug. Close the door. Turn off the TV. Whatever the distractions are, they are the enemy of your productivity.

3. Work in time blocks.  Our body clock, our attention span, and our biology all say focus for 60-90 minutes, then shift.  Stand up and walk around. Do something completely different (e.g. if you have been working on a project, now make some phone calls).  Have a snack. Do something different! Incorporating this approach into your work will make you more productive and less stressed and frustrated.

4. Schedule email time.  Ever been away from the office for part or all of a day, without email access?  Have you noticed that when you do it all at once you get it done faster?  ”You’ve Got Mail” may have been a cute movie, but if you are serious about your productivity, turn off any email notification tool and turn on your discipline to work on email at predefined times during your day.

5. Pick up the phone.  You remember, that was the original use for your smartphone before it became a camera/web browser/email client/game device.  Email isn’t good at conversation.  If you are about to reply to an email for a third time, stop.  Pick up the phone.  The issue will be solved quicker, and relationships can be built at the same time.

By the way, you are thinking about this list inaccurately if you think it contains nothing new.

The question isn’t whether it is new, the accurate question with these items is what are you going to do?

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Of course it’s going to take some discipline to change your habits, but If I can do it so can you. Changing my habits came down to how much I really wanted the extra hours to devote to my interests and my family. That was my incentive to keep turning off the television and stop checking facebook.

I added hours of productive time to my weekly routine by making a few simple changes. Now when someone asks you “How do I get more done during my workday?” you’ll have some effective strategies for them to try.

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