Strategies to increase employee productivity

5 Things That Might Be Affecting the Productivity of Your Employees

5 Things That Might Be Affecting the Productivity of Your Employees

Do you note that the productivity of your employees lowers at times? This can result from many different things that can be fixed by understanding the issues affecting the employees. Here are the primary things that might be lowering the productivity of the employees.

Personal Issues

Your employees might be having personal issues such as relationship problems or debts. Such issues affect them mentally, and as a result, they are unable to work optimally. This mainly affects the employees who do not talk much, and as a result, they tend to keep their problems to themselves.

 It would help if you encourage your employees to talk more with their colleagues. By interacting more, the employee will be able to share their problems and help each other. You can include team building activities which will make the employees friendlier to each other.

Not Being Appreciated

Most employees are more productive if their efforts are noticed and appreciated. You should ensure you appreciate every action of the employees irrespective of their ranking. The ideal way of appreciating employees includes introducing reward programs that are meant to reward the hard-working employees.

 Besides rewards, you can also offer personalized gifts to exceptional employees. Even small rewards such as custom branded mugs can motivate the employees. You can include names or pictures of the employees to be rewarded for making the employees feel appreciated at a personal level.

Bad Working Environment

It is your duty to ensure the employees have the right working conditions so that they can be more productive. Most employees are happier and more productive if they are working in ideal working conditions. This is especially in working conditions where safety is paramount, such as working in warehouses.

 You should ensure that the employees have all the safety attributes they may require for their work. You should also listen to the employees' complaints, especially when it comes to their working conditions. By listening to the employees, you will learn ways in which to make the working environments better.


Your employees' productivity might be lowering because of monotony, where the employees do the same thing repeatedly. This might be necessary for some lines of work where the work involves following certain routines. But you should always try your best to break the monotony in the workplace.

Some of the ideal ways of breaking the monotony in workplaces include mixing up duties for the employees. You can transfer some of the employees to new departments to give them a chance to try out new things. You can also introduce variations in the workplace, such as allocating new duties periodically.

Poor Pay

The primary motivation to employees is remuneration, and as a result, you should pay your employees well. Even if you need to make profits, it is paramount also to consider that the employees need to pay their bills and live comfortably. You should be as reasonable as possible when deciding how to pay your employees.

 Therefore, by understanding the things that lower your employees' productivity, you can know how to deal with these issues and thus improve your employees' productivity.

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