Are you looking to strengthen your team and boost workplace performance?
Dealing with poor productivity from employees can be daunting, but there are certain strategies companies can apply that can help improve overall output.
In this blog, we’ll explore how to effectively navigate through the process of managing poor employee performance with helpful tips backed by research.
Read on for tactics specifically designed to help enhance productivity within any organisation.
Identify the Root Cause of the Poor Performance
Poor performance can be frustrating for both an individual and a team. However, it’s crucial to identify the root cause of the issue before taking any action.
Pinpointing the underlying cause of poor performance requires a careful analysis of various factors such as communication breakdowns, lack of motivation, inadequate resources or even personal issues.
Without identifying the cause, any attempts to fix the issue could result in a short-term fix rather than a long-term, sustainable solution. Therefore, identifying the root cause is imperative for creating an environment that fosters productivity and success.
Establish Clear Expectations & Goals for Your Team
As a leader, it’s important to establish clear expectations and goals for your team to set the stage for success.
When everyone knows what is expected of them and what goals need to be met, employees are more likely to be motivated, engaged and achieve their targets. Setting clear expectations can also help create a harmonious work environment, as everyone is on the same page and knows what is expected from them.
Goals, on the other hand, give your team a common purpose to work towards, fostering a sense of camaraderie and collaboration. With thoroughly communicated expectations and well-defined goals, your team is more likely to work together effectively, minimise confusion and produce quality results.
Have Regular Check-ins to Ensure they are Meeting Goals
Regular check-ins with employees are essential to ensure that they are on track with their goals.
As a manager, it is your responsibility to provide the necessary guidance and support to help your employees reach their objectives.
Regular check-ins not only help employees feel supported and heard but also ensure they are moving in the right direction. It also helps to identify any obstacles that are hindering progress and allows for adjustments to be made early on.
Investing time in check-ins with your employees builds a sense of trust and collaboration, leading to a more productive and successful team.
Invest in Resources that can help Improve Performance
Investing in resources that can improve performance is a smart move for anyone looking to enhance their skills and achieve their goals. Whether you’re an athlete seeking new training equipment or a student investing in educational tools, there’s no denying that the right resources can make all the difference.
For businesses, investing in resources that can help improve performance may include employee development programmes, technology upgrades, or even team-building activities. Having access to the right resources can make a real difference in an employee’s ability to perform at their best and reach their targets quickly and efficiently.
Create Individualised Plans for each Employee
As employers, it is our responsibility to provide our employees with the necessary tools and resources to excel in their roles. This means taking a personalised approach to motivate and support each one of them.
By creating individualised plans for each employee, we can address their specific needs and challenges, enabling them to thrive in their jobs. Whether it’s providing additional training, mentoring programmes or coaching, we can help our employees grow both personally and professionally, which in turn, benefits business.
Not only does this approach increase productivity and maintain employee retention, but it also empowers our employees to reach their fullest potential, leading to a more successful and fulfilling workplace for everyone involved.
Provide Feedback & Support Regularly
Giving feedback is crucial for personal and professional growth. However, it’s not enough to only provide it once in a while.
Regular feedback allows individuals to make continuous improvements and avoid harm caused by potential problems that might have gone unnoticed.
Support is an essential complement to feedback. As humans, we all benefit from support in challenging situations, so it’s important to offer a helping hand to those who need it, especially when they are struggling.
Providing both feedback and support regularly creates a culture of growth and development, leading to successful outcomes in any given task.
Create The Right Environment for High Performance to be Sustained
W + E = P (Wellbeing + Engagement = Performance)
If you look after your people (ensuring their physical, mental and financial wellbeing is all in good shape) and you provide them with meaningful work that they enjoy, there really is only one inevitable outcome and that’s better, sustained performance – which has to be good news. Looking after the wellbeing and engagement of your workforce (which is all about removing their barriers to sustained attendance, motivation and performance) is an investment in creating the environment in which high performance can be sustained, not just a ‘nice thing to do’.
By following these steps, you can create a workplace environment that encourages collaboration, growth, and productivity.
If you would like to find out more about how to create a successful workplace environment, contact us today. We are happy to provide further advice and guidance.