A recent Gallup survey reported that 63% of American workers are not engaged in their work, while another 24% are "actively disengaged."
A great motivator in employee engagement is an employee’s ability to feel productive in their work. Employees spend a large part of their day, and thus, the bulk of their lives, in their workplace. Working within a culture of productivity and knowing their work is valuable, employees will ultimately find not only job satisfaction, but an environment where they thrive.
As a manager, you have the opportunity to help each employee find fulfillment in productivity.Here are three tools that can help measure productivity among employees. These tools provide specific data, and from there you can create detailed recommendations and develop actionable steps to help move your employees and entire company effectively and productively forward.
1) Measure accomplishments.
I Done This is a user-friendly tool that provides a way for employees to monitor their own performance – seeing where they can improve in such areas as dedication of time or resources to a project, as well as where they are succeeding.
It works like this: An email is sent to individual employees each evening, highlighting what they did that day. They take about 60 seconds to reply to the email, and the next day, each team member receives a digest with what everyone on the team accomplished. This gives the employee and even the entire team a chance to regularly celebrate accomplishments. More than 160,000 customers are already raving about this tool.
2) Measure meetings.
Humorist Dave Barry has said, “If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be 'meetings’.”
Naturally, we are all able to relate to the humor in this observation because, like Dave, we’ve all been in those kind of meetings. Of course, we’ve also been around long enough to know two things: meetings aren’t going away, and when run correctly, meetings can be extremely valuable. I think we’ve all observed how a constructive meeting can provide a powerful trajectory for any project.
An effective meeting is the goal, and with up to 15% of an organization’s time spent in meetings, clearly the employees within that organization are desperate to ensure the time spent in those meetings matters. And in the name of productivity and employee satisfaction, you as a manager want to confirm the same thing.
Designing an ideal meeting gets easier once you can see precisely what you’re dealing with. Historically, there’s been a dearth of tools to streamline the creation such a meeting; however, now, finally, there is a way to gather accurate data to direct decisions on how to design productive, influential meetings. Teem has a tool that provides workforce analytics and insights to demonstrate how your meetings are directly impacting your company and coworkers, preparing you with valuable, measured feedback about how to effectively improve how your organization meets.
3) Measure in real time.
Real-time visibility to work performance and employee activities can be invaluable in helping you manage and support your team efforts. The tool WorkiQ actually captures real-time desktop analytics and generates a dynamic management dashboard, providing visibility into precisely what work is being done, how it is being done and the quantitative measures needed to improve work productivity.
You have talented, wonderful employees – and with productivity as the goal, you can use WorkiQ to help engage them in the right priorities, identify and eliminate bottlenecks and provide in-the-moment coaching to train them to work smarter and challenge themselves.
Ensuring productivity in the workplace can be challenging, but some simple, easily implemented tools, like the three mentioned above, can provide data and key point analytics that inform sound, strategic decisions and empower employee productivity. Whether as an individual, as part of a team or functioning within a team meeting, measured productivity provides insight and direction, allowing for more efficiency within that environment.