Every company wants to increase employee productivity in order to boost sales, increase profitability and have a good social reputation.  Hiring only the most skilled workers can become too costly for many employers.  Instead most companies can utilize their existing resources and just help them maximize their effectiveness.  This is a win win proposition as it is good for the company and helps individual staff build new skills and advance their careers.  Here are some suggestions on how you can achieve it.


1. Ensure that you offer positive feedback


Many managers tend to focus on what their employees are not doing right.  You don't want poor performance to continue but often it is more effective to concentrate on what employees are doing right.  Too much negative feedback can demoralize and frustrate employees.  By contrast employees enjoy receiving positive feedback.  Many employees will likely want to keep on doing things the right way just to receive more of it.  This also boosts their confidence which plays a big role in job satisfaction.  However there is a fine line between the right amount of positive feedback and too much praise.  You should be careful not to cross it.


2. Act on the employees’ strengths


While it takes a lot of time and money to find only the brightest employees, it can cost less to promote those that have shown potential internally.  Take time to consider each of your employees strengths and passions and test them with new tasks and assignments.  Many employees are sometimes stuck within a particular role because they started their career doing that.  However, many of them have strengths and passions in other areas that would be a great fit for both them and the company.  Creating new positions to take advantage of a stellar employee can also go along way in ensuring your staff are happy.  Job satisfaction can be contagious and can translate into greater loyalty throughout your employee base.  Try to find win win scenarios and be open about the roles your employees want to try.


3. Clearly set expectations


Almost every employee wants to perform well and contribute positively to their employer.  Many times poor performance can be driven by not having clear direction on performance expectations or goals.  Communicating clear performance expectations can go a long way and also trying to quantify these expectations for fair analysis can help.  Quantified performance goals allow employees to personally analyze and monitor their own performance and also allow managers to avoid micromanaging them.


4. Help employees see the big picture


Fundamental to most people is the desire to make a difference.  Sometimes employees undertaking their daily routines can lose sight of the big picture.  This can cause performance to suffer in their tasks which then has knock on effects down the line.  Reminding employees the role they play in the big picture and how their job is critical to solving the end consumer's needs can be helpful.  It can also give employees a sense of ownership in their work as they know what they are doing directly affects the product or service that the company delivers to consumers.