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49 Ways To Help Employees Become More Productive

CED Magazine, December 2005

Article Date: 12-01-2005
Copyright (C) 2005 Associated Equipment Distributors. All Rights Reserved.


It's often the little things that have the most impact.

It’s often the little things that have the most impact. Although great initiatives on your part can do much to enhance the quantity and quality of the work your people do, it’s often the little things that happen day in and day out that influence their bottom line productivity. Following are 49 things that you can do to help your people do their best work for your company and your customers. Want to help a valued employee become more productive? Scan the list and pull out a suggestion or two that you can use right now.

  • Take a valued employee along to a professional meeting or seminar. (The AED Managers Conference in January might be a great place to start.)
  • Be a mentor for a valued employee.
  • Let a valued employee participate in a committee or team, to be exposed to and learn skills from other people.
  • Help a valued employee establish visionary goals.
  • Compliment a valued employee on work well done.
  • Invite a valued employee to share problems and concerns with you.
  • Ask questions about a valued employee’s work. You don’t need to know all the details, but by giving employees a chance to respond to your questions, you help them take pride in their work.
  • Offer to work alongside a valued employee periodically.
  • Let a valued employee make presentations during staff meetings and even lead portions of the meetings.
  • Encourage employees to visit other workplaces to see how their peers do their jobs.
  • Occasionally, send valued employees to training or educational programs to learn skills that will benefit them and your business.
  • Ask a valued employee to teach a skill to another employee.
  • Liberally share operating and financial information with a valued employee.
  • Reward valued employees when they go out of their way to do something exceptional.
  • Give a valued employee a favorite business book to read.
  • Encourage a valued employee to become involved in a trade or professional association.
  • Let a valued employee run an orientation program for new employees.
  • Put a valued employee in charge of some workplace gathering, such as a social activity or employee holiday party.
  • Bring a speaker or educator into the workplace to talk about important issues or to teach valued employees.
  • Serve as a role model.
  • Don’t ask a valued employee to do anything you wouldn’t do.
  • Provide reading material about contemporary workplace issues.
  • Concern yourself with child or senior care issues that might affect attendance or productivity.
  • Arrange for fringe benefits that don’t cost anything.
  • Offer to provide informal advice and counsel about careers.
  • Promote wellness.
  • Arrange for peers to handle the work of valued employees that are on vacation or ill.
  • Teach a valued employee how to brainstorm.
  • Take a valued employee on calls to key customers.
  • Establish a simple library of materials and resources a valued employee can use to learn about your business.
  • Alert a valued employee to key indicators of good performance.
  • Give valued employees a professional “kit” containing resources they can use to build new skills.
  • Ask a valued employee to identify helpful training equipment or supplies – and provide them.
  • Be sure a valued employee is trained in the latest technology.
  • Invite a valued employee to undertake or lead a project once a year.
  • Appoint a valued employee to a committee within the business sector or community.
  • Encourage a valued employee to continue schooling.
  • Teach a valued employee about all phases of your business.
  • Ask a valued employee’s advice.
  • Ask a valued employee to produce a simple monthly report, and spend time discussing it.
  • Ask a valued employee to give tours of your business to visitors.
  • Let a valued employee develop special expertise in an area crucial to your business.
  • Understand a valued employee’s work style.
  • Teach a valued employee goal- setting and time-management techniques.
  • When you give salary or wage increases, explain how a valued employee’s productivity made them possible.
  • Invite valued employees to sign everything they produce.
  • Give a valued employee pins or tokens to recognize important milestones.
  • Once a month, ask a valued employee to critique the way things are done in your workplace.
  • Thank a valued employee for a job well done.

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