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7 tried-and-true ways to improve employee productivity, according to experts

What is one way your HR team improves employee productivity?

To help your team improve employee productivity, we asked founders and CEOs worldwide this question for their best insights. From giving regular feedback to incentivizing employees with perks and awards, there are a number of tips that may help your HR team empower employees for improved engagement. 

Here are seven ways to improve employee productivity:

  • Update tools and technology regularly
  • Encourage communication overlaps with flex schedules
  • Incentivize productivity
  • Give regular feedback
  • Set the day up in time blocks
  • Offer perks and awards
  • Prioritize financial wellness 

Update tools and technology regularly

Using outdated technology is not only frustrating for employees, but it can severely impact the quality of their work and – thereby – their productivity levels. It’s imperative for HR teams to take the initiative and regularly monitor the efficacy of the tools being used by their workforce and ensure that frequent software and hardware updates are always a priority.

Harry Morton, Founder of Lower Street Media

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Encourage communication overlaps with flex schedules 

One change we’ve made that has really boosted our team’s productivity is switching to a flex schedule. In short, we give team members autonomy to make their own schedule each day rather than forcing them to work rigid hours. 

For example, during the pandemic, our schedule forced team members to work from home at the same time their kids were in the next room trying to do school work. It was a nightmare. And even now post-pandemic, people still have other personal commitments and side hustles that make having fixed hours tough. Thus, we allow much greater flexibility now in terms of when employees need to be online working. 

So long as team members log four hours of work time during the hours of 8am to 6pm PST, that is good enough, as we feel that’s adequate to allow for communication overlaps. The other four hours required each day can be done whenever. This has really helped boost our productivity as people can get the most out of their time.

John Ross, CEO at Test Prep Insight 

Incentivize productivity

If you have a great committed team, then incentivize their productivity with perks, compliments, and warm relations. Be their friend as long as the work gets done, and your line of communication is clear and precise when it comes to your expectations on productivity. 

Also, flexibility is key to enjoying the benefits of a productive team. Capitalize on hybrid benefits by giving your staff the freedom to pursue other interests that help them develop personally and professionally

Curran Van Waarde, Founder at CallScaler

Give regular feedback

One way our HR team improves employee productivity is by providing employees with regular feedback. This feedback helps employees to understand what areas they need to continue to work on and what areas they are excelling in. Additionally, the feedback provides employees with a sense of direction and motivation to continue to improve their productivity.

Matthew Ramirez, Founder of Rephrase Media

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Set the day up in time blocks

Many employees face roadblocks or distractions when working throughout the day and are usually more productive when they first enter the remote office.

The difficult projects that require the majority of your attention can be completed during prime hours of the day with little interruption, while phone calls and messages can be handled with minimal focus.

After lunch, once workers are refreshed, they’ll see an increase in their creative capabilities that they may not have had earlier in the day. Not only does this way of working improve the business, but increases productivity in any work environment.

Jodi Neuhauser, Founder & CEO at Ovaterra

Offer perks and awards

We offer great perks to our staff who really go the extra mile to produce results that bring growth and brand visibility to our business. We also ensure that each of our staff is given recognition for great work and customer satisfaction. 

In this way, the team feels validated and appreciated, and they continue producing sterling results. We also award our team ceremoniously each year and reward them with great holiday benefits.

Struan Baird, Founder at Luxury Scotland Tours

Prioritize employee financial wellness

Finances are the top cause of employee stress, impacting productivity and well-being. Prioritize employee financial wellness, and you automatically improve engagement and productivity as a byproduct.

There are several ways to do this, such as offering tuition or student loan repayment, , Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), or financial coaching sessions.

Our clients increase employee financial wellness through personalized tax planning. With this tailored approach, employees make better use of their total rewards (salary, benefits, equity) and save thousands on taxes annually. They also increase net take-home pay without employers needing to increase payroll budget. It’s a win-win.

(Shameless plug, but anyone who’s interested in the same results can reach out! We’re more than happy to help.)

Pauline Roteta, Co-founder and CEO at Pasito


Julie Scotland

Julie Scotland started Pasito after a successful career in technology, startups, and marketing. Before Pasito, Julie ran Migration Marketing Consulting, where she led go-to-market and growth marketing strategies for funded technology startups. Previously, Julie led the MyCase Marketing team at SaaS technology unicorn AppFolio.

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