How HR Can Elevate Productivity in 2024

HR expert’s efforts to improve employee engagement, employee experience, and well-being have led to the highest job satisfaction in the US in the past 36 years.

In 2024, we see business leaders looking to HR to put a renewed emphasis on productivity. Productivity fuels robust organizational performance and increases employment stability which will continue to positively impact employee wellbeing.

Improving efficiency and productivity in the workplace is essential for driving revenue and helping your company grow. These seven tips will go a long way toward helping you make the right choices to keep your employees happy and productive.

1. Commitment to Employee Growth

Growth and stability are important to most employees. They need to have something to look forward to. Your commitment to career planning might help them see what’s in store for their future. Here’s what you can do:

  • Create a career growth path
  • Let them know their loyalty will be rewarded
  • Constantly give feedback that encourages them to grow

2. Employee Appraisals

Speaking of feedback, your employees will give their 100% if they know that they are getting the appraisal they deserve. Simply applauding them for their efforts and praising them in team meetings isn’t enough anymore. They need to be rewarded and given direction that comes from formal appraisals of their performance. To improve their performance, appraisals show employees where they may be falling short. Measure your employees’ performance, then hold individual meetings to let them know where they excel and what areas they need to work on.

3. Appraisals Plus

Increasing employee productivity isn’t just about what employees can do better. Some of the responsibility falls on you, the business owner, or the manager. This makes improving employee efficiency and productivity a joint effort.

When reviewing your employees’ performance, ask them how you can help them improve. Asking for feedback enables you to find reliable ways to strengthen employee performance and encourages a culture of open dialogue.

4. Share Goals and Objectives

Employees often join your organization because they are impressed by what you want to achieve in the long run. If you lose focus, your employees will lose productivity as a result. That’s why you must stay true to your goals and share information as you modify your goals.

5. Meeting Optimization

We all hate wasting time in meetings. Work with your managers to minimize and improve the effectiveness of meetings. Have one-on-one meetings when it’s more appropriate than bringing in the whole team to discuss detailed points of a specific person’s output. Fewer meetings mean employees will have more time to execute your plans and their tasks.

6. Employee Handbook

Document clear expectations, deadlines and policies with a thorough employee handbook. Save your time by answering questions within the handbook and protect yourself from employee frustrations that can lead to lawsuits.

7. Match Tasks to Skills

Knowing your employees’ skills and behavioral styles is essential for maximizing productivity. For example, an extroverted, creative, and out-of-the-box thinker can develop innovative ideas. However, they might struggle and procrastinate with work they think is mundane or unstimulating. Other employees don’t like surprises or changes. They prefer well-understood repetitive tasks.

Best Practices and Productivity

Soteria can handle the key HR functions to keep your employees productive and your company running efficiently. Contact us today.

Samantha Harwood