An organisation's ability to achieve its goals depends largely on the performance of its employees - employees who are satisfied and productive can be a key asset in guiding an organisation towards success. Despite this fact, however, many companies find it difficult to motivate employees and improve their performance. As management, it's vital that you intentionally design workplace structures and supports that can help your team thrive. Translated with (free version)


Why is it important to improve employee performance?

Maximizing your team's performance for efficiency can help your organization achieve its goals in a timely and cost-effective manner. The success of any organization relies heavily on the performance of its employees-when employees are productive, engaged and motivated, they can more easily achieve the goals you set for them as a manager.

Not only can improving employee performance help your organization achieve its vision, but it can improve employee satisfaction and reduce staff turnover over time. While the talent, experience and skills that employees bring to a role are important, conversely, the performance of your employees depends on a number of factors.

Often, when employees are struggling with their performance, there are other external factors leading to such challenges that you need to address such as:

  • Lack of resources or support
  • Misunderstanding of the organisational vision
  • Absence of measurable performance targets
  • Insufficient work or skills training
  • Insufficient growth opportunities
  • Few opportunities for cooperation between groups
  • Conflict between team members

Since these factors are often beyond an employee's control, it is up to supervisors to address such challenges by making changes to workplace culture and systems. Such a transformation in your business can be a complex undertaking, it can be incredibly rewarding and can help drive your business to success.

By restructuring your organisation's culture to include support mechanisms, feedback opportunities, professional development and more, you can help employees engage with their work and achieve the goals you've set for them.

As an organisational leader, you can implement different strategies that can help your team feel more supported and inspired to perform highly in their roles on a daily basis. While the specifics of each strategy may depend on the type of industry your business belongs to and the individual needs of your employees.

Below are some fundamental approaches you can take to boost productivity and morale.

  1. Analyze performance metrics

It can be difficult to address underperformance without first identifying where there are gaps in your business workflow. To help you understand your employees' performance, it's a good idea to analyze performance metrics on a regular basis.

  1. Be intentional when communicating

Managers who communicate ineffectively can lead employees to experience increased confusion and disengagement from their roles. Therefore, to avoid such challenges, you will want to make it your duty to communicate effectively, regardless of what you are communicating. When employees understand their job, tasks and purpose, they are more likely to achieve the goals you have set for them. Be intentional when communicating information - starting with a clear and actionable description of their responsibilities. This will help you establish unquestionable performance criteria.

  1. Encourage feedback

Creating feedback opportunities in your employees' workflow can help them understand how their performance is meeting your expectations. These feedback opportunities should occur regularly and be reciprocal-you should encourage your employees to offer feedback on how you could support or guide them better.

In comparison, when giving feedback, let employees know the areas in which they excel and where they may need some improvement. Implementing such a system can help both you and your employees receive clear, accessible guidance on how you can work together to achieve goals.

  1. Offer incentives

One of the best methods to improve employee performance is by encouraging employees to be more effective by offering rewards and other benefits. You might consider offering special incentives to recognize when your employees are performing well and producing excellent work.

From organization-wide praise to real cash bonuses, you can instill different incentive programs that can inspire employees to take more initiative in their roles. Consider offering extra paid time off, gift cards, bonuses, meals, wellness programs or career development opportunities to show your employees that you are invested in motivating their success.

  1. Train and develop your team

When workers receive the necessary training to understand their roles and enhance their skills, they are more likely to perform their jobs accurately. Therefore, you should strive to implement strong training programs that will prepare them to succeed.

From here, you can also encourage continuous employee development through complementary training programmes, professional meetings, conferences, workshops and mentoring schemes. These tactics can help your employees expand and strengthen their skill sets, which in turn can help them improve their performance.

In addition, investing in an employee's development can help foster a culture of loyalty and respect that can reduce turnover and increase engagement.

  1. Promote internally

It is a common mistake for managers and business leaders to seek external candidates over highly qualified internal candidates when a position opens up. The prospect of a promotion can be an incredibly effective incentive for employees to improve their performance and maximize their effectiveness in achieving organizational goals.

So don't overlook your current staff when seeking a candidate to fill a senior position-not only do your organization's already-trained employees understand your mission, values, and goals, but promotion can serve as the ultimate reward for outstanding performance. With the opportunity for career advancement at stake, your employees may take action and improve their work.

  1. Embrace flexibility

Employees often highly value flexibility in their roles. Offering flexible work schedules and telecommuting options to your employees can help them be more productive overall and foster a sense of trust among your staff. While many managers believe that employees are less productive when working without monitoring from home, this is a common misconception.

When employees don't have to waste time travelling or skip work for sickness or lunch appointments, they can maintain their energy levels, engagement and productivity in a way that may not otherwise be possible. So try to embrace flexibility with your employees to allow them to maximize their time-it could lead to higher levels of performance overall.

  1. Find technology solutions

Part of improving employee performance is empowering employees to do their jobs effectively. If employees have the right tools at their disposal to succeed, they often take the initiative to do so. Therefore, you should actively seek out technology solutions that can help your employees do their jobs faster, easier, and better.

Depending on the software or hardware your team currently has access to, changing the technology you use in your organization's processes may lead to a performance review. Additionally, since new technologies are always developing, you should keep up to date on the different mechanisms available in your industry that can improve the day-to-day performance of your employees.

  1. Stress Management

Providing support to manage stress and prevent burnout is critical to maintaining worker productivity and health.

  1. Creating a Positive Working Environment

A friendly, supportive and inclusive environment can enhance employee well-being and engagement.

Maximising employee satisfaction and productivity is a cornerstone of any business's success. The 10 strategies mentioned offer a strong framework for achieving these goals, but it is important to note that there are many other practices that can be implemented depending on the specifics of each business.

Every business is unique and its needs may vary significantly. In order to identify which strategies and practices are most appropriate for your business, it is often necessary to seek the advice of a qualified consultant. An expert can analyze the specific circumstances and challenges facing your business and recommend customized solutions that will maximize benefits.

Therefore, working with a qualified consultant can provide the necessary guidance and support to develop and implement strategies that will enhance employee satisfaction and productivity. In doing so, we will be able to create a more efficient and satisfying work environment, driving our business towards sustainable growth and success.


Thanasis Karmiris

Payroll Manager