How to Create a Productive Work Environment

How Can You Help Your Employees Feel They are Valued?

A good number of companies are trying to create productive work environments. They also strive to do more work with fewer people.

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In fact, employees that feel valued by their managers tend to do more. The question I have for you today is, “How can you make your employees feel they are valued?”

There are numerous ways that you can use to make your employees feel valued. The problem is that some of the managers do not use these simple tricks to make their employees feel valued.

On the other hand, the employees also need to do their part to make the employer aware of their needs. At the end of the day, both the company and staff have parts to play to create a productive workplace.

Manager’s Responsibilities

As a manager, you have a bigger responsibility of making a workplace productive. Generally speaking, everyone else is looking up to you for guidance. Even though they are looking up to you, work with them to accomplish this task. Here is a list of what may help you to create a productive workplace.

Sympathize with Your Employees: I have seen some managers who focus solely on hitting the marks and getting significant numbers of product out of their docks. Of course, they can push their employees to the limit to get what they want. Yes, you may hit your target and surpass it. But be mindful of the people who helped you to hit the target.

Listen to Their Needs: Employees are often afraid to talk to their managers because they are afraid of being misunderstood. Instead, be supportive by starting the conversation. Keep your door open; it will make them comfortable to talk to you. When they approach you, just sit and listen to what they want to say.

Prioritize The Workload: As a manager, you can prioritize the workload for your employees. Prioritization makes it easier for them to finish the most important job and start the next one. Similarly, it increases their focus and contributes significantly to the quality of the work they do.

Appreciate Them: Studies have shown that many people leave their employer because they do not feel appreciated. Before you appreciate them, understand how they would like to be appreciated. I read the 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace; it outlines the ways people would like to be appreciated.

Employee’s Responsibility

As an employee, you also have a role to play towards creating a productive work environment. Do not sit and wait for your manager to do what you want. Managers are not going to understand you magically. Here is what you need to do to help your manager in the process of creating that productive work environment:

Communicate What is Realistic: Be realistic when you ask something from your manager. Do not ask what might seem impossible for the manager to accomplish. It degrades the manager; therefore, closes the open conversation door.

Seek Your Manager’s Input: Even when you know the answer, ask their opinion. This act will make them open up and start communicating with you. It is one thing to talk and another thing to be heard.

Ask the Right Questions: Do not go around asking your manager all sorts of vague questions. Ask for what is necessary to get the job done. You will gain your manager’s respect when you ask questions that may help you to add value to the company.

Look For Efficiency: While working, find efficient ways you and your team can do the job. It will reduce the workload and add more quality to what you do. Your manager will be happy when you find efficient ways of doing things.

In conclusion, there are numerous ways you can make a workplace productive, I have only listed a few of them. Both manager and employee have responsibilities of making a better work environment. By working together, they can achieve more, and everybody will have a sense of belonging.

Question: What else could you do to make a workplace more productive?

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