Productivity is a common measure of how well we’re doing in each of those areas and relates to how efficiently a team is operating. Like most areas of leadership, productivity increases when an improvement on your team begins with your improvement as an individual.
We’ll look at six strategic ways to help your team be more productive in the workplace, followed by an additional seven simple but effective ways to increase your personal productivity at work.
How to increase the team’s productivity at work
1. Set realistic goals
Here we are talking about goals again! Really, we can’t emphasize this enough. You, your team, your whole company you all need good team goals that are understandable and attainable. Lack of well-defined goals and measures is a major contributor to project failure, accounting for 37% of failed projects according to one Project Management Institute survey.
Good goals are realistic, clear, and measurable. You can assess whether your goals are good by asking the following questions:
- Can we accomplish this goal with the time, resources, and project management skills we currently have? (Is it realistic?)
- Do we know exactly what is being asked of us? (Is it clear?)
- Are there quantifiable indicators with which we can judge our success around each goal? (Is it measurable?)
The goals you set for your team will be different from your individual goals of course. (You have mad individual goals, right?) During the project plan, don’t forget to get your team’s input on what their goals should be as a group and as individuals.
2. Monitor progress
When you plan your project, you establish key performance indicators (KPIs) in the form of,
- project timelines and
- quality expectations.
During the course of your project, you should regularly check your KPIs and keep track of project progress so you can catch issues and make corrections quickly. Having good reporting tools greatly increases the accuracy and ease of monitoring. Don’t forget to celebrate successes when your KPIs tell you the team has achieved a goal.