There are an awful lot of distractions at work and the likelihood is that much of your salary expenditure is wasted on unproductive time. Here are several tips to run a much tighter ship. It may take some expenditure but if your staff are managed properly, and allowed to feel that they are a vital asset, you will soon get a return on any investment.

  1. Buy all your staff a PC or laptop for home use. Even offer to pay for their broadband. By providing them with this, you can then offset the expenditure by banning any time wasting activities during the working day. Time spent doing the job they are paid to do will soon show as the time spent working increases.
  2. Give all your staff a basic stripped down mobile phone. Have a policy that the only apps allowed are for work purposes – ie. Phone and email. You can then operate a policy that keeps personal phone use to the very minimum, with personal phones only to be used out of working hours.
  3. Computer applications like Excel, Outlook, Word and alternatives can be extremely powerful and used far more efficiently than most people manage. Provide training to improve competence and accuracy.
  4. Train your staff to operate as clutter-free as possible. A tidy workplace tends to be more efficient. Some people can operate equally well in a mess, most can’t. There are experts out there who can study your work processes and make suggestions to make them efficient.
  5. Make sure that your staff have the best evironment for them to do their job. Research shows that there is a mean 18x return on investment for expenditure on ergonomic equipment. Your employees spend a long time at work. Make that time as comfortable as possible and you will be rewarded in productivity, reduced training time, better attendance and lower staff turnover.
  6. Allow funds and time for the self-improvement of your employees. They will learn how to be so much better and you will soon be known as a good place to work. It doesn’t have to be educational. You even could allow a time and possibly a place for them to work out.
  7. Give great wedding presents. People who are happily married make better employees. They are more stable and less distracted. Research shows that they are more likely to try improve their situation without moving to pastures new. By giving your staff excellent wedding presents, you might persuade several to settle down early and become more reliable.
  8. Make a note of birthdays, not only of your staff but their husbands, wives and children. Feeling wanted and appreciated is a basic human requirement and a simple card can will be more effective than you think.
  9. Give your employees goals and mission statements. Offer them incentives for three types of recordable target. 1. Work that is above and beyond what your expectations are, 2. Achieving a set target agreed by you and 3. Making no silly mistakes. Obviously you will need to set each target and determine the reward for each. Knowing that you might be docked a few quid for your salary for not doing your job properly, is likely to make you a bit more conscientious during your working month.
  10. Operate a confidential complaints policy. Let them complain to you about anything, including you. You will learn all sorts. Anything you might be doing wrong, if there is anyone who provides bad energy and also if you have employees who spend too much time complaining. Sure there will be wheat and chaff but by providing a private communication channel that employees trust can only be of benefit to you and them.