There are many different styles of management, but not all management styles are created equal. Many managers take a hardline approach with their employees that relies on a rigid system of rules and severe punishments.
This is not the best way to encourage productivity, however. According to scientific studies, job satisfaction and productivity tend to plummet with this type of managerial style.
Think about it for a moment. Would you respond well to a boss who acts like a monster? Probably not.
Happy employees are driven to succeed; worried employees are driven only to cover their own posteriors. Furthermore, we know from research that the brain works much more efficiently under the influence of positive emotions.
When fueled by positive emotions, people tend to become more creative and insightful. The key to employee productivity lies in management style.
That’s because manager-leaders are the folks who set the tone in the workplace. Read on to learn how to manage workers better with the goal of greater productivity.
1. Listen as Much as You Speak
When you listen to your employees, you show them respect for their opinions, and that you value them as important to the company. This will cause them to engage more.
When you overload your employees with instructions and never let them speak, you are showing them that you believe they have nothing of value to add.
This will cause them to withdraw more. To become better at listening, you need to make it a priority. This means employing aspects of active listening and not prejudging workers in advance.
2. Don’t Hover
While you do need to keep an eye on your employees, you also need to avoid hovering. It sends the message that you do not trust them.
Also, employees get nervous when managers are always watching them. This kind of behavior kills productivity and lowers employee satisfaction.
3. Allow for Personal Creativity
Let you employees decorate their offices and cubicles however they please, provided they do not violate company policies. The more at home they feel in their workspace, happier they will be.
Try not to make a fuss if some of your employees’ workspaces are real messes. Studies show that naturally messy people are more productive if they can be themselves.
In some ways, this makes intuitive sense. If someone is spending all their time organizing, they are not spending their time working.
4. Be Open to Telecommuting
Telecommuting doesn’t work for all positions, but if you can, give this option to your employees whenever you can. This shows them that you trust them.
It lets them get away from the monotony of the same daily work routine. Studies show that, by letting them work where they are most comfortable, they become more productive.
5. Benefits and Perks
When you offer your employees a good selection of benefits and perks, you are literally buying employee job satisfaction.
A good package includes personal days, flex time, insurance, paid holidays, comfortable workspaces, innovative technologies, and employee discounts.
In the long run, the time and risks you take to keep your employees happy are worthwhile investments. The happier they are, the more productive they become.
And let’s face it – that’s good news for the organization’s bottom line.
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