Publications & Products
Volume 3, Issue 6

Don't Hinder Worker Productivity

The everyday habits of some managers may be causing stress and impeding their staff's work progress, says an entrepreneur.

Jason W. Womack, author of Your Best Just Got Better: Work Smarter, Think Bigger, Make More, recently shared with Entrepreneur three ways managers derail employee productivity and how they can correct these behaviors. They include:

  • Asking the question, "Do you have a minute?" This is "usually the lead-up to a transactional conversation," he says. "This is problematic for two reasons. First, what you're about to ask is going to take longer than a minute to answer. Regularly interrupting employees' workflow sends the message that you don't value or respect their ability to focus and get things done. Secondly, they may not be in a position—physically or mentally—at that very moment to have the conversation. The next time you need some time with an employee, send them an email to tell them exactly what you need ‘a minute' for, if possible, 12 to 24 hours in advance so they can prepare."
  • Dictating without asking what employees need to do their jobs. "One of my favorite ways to engage everyone around me to be more productive is to end our conversation asking what they need from me in order to get a task done," Womack says. "I like to ask: ‘Now that we've talked about that, what can you think of that you'll need to ask me about over the next 72 hours?'"
  • Sending mixed messages about organizational goals. "Make it a point to remind your team of your main purpose," he says. "This may seem obvious, but one of the biggest ways to derail your employees from being productive is sending them mixed messages about your [organization's] end-goal and overall message. Being clear about your [organization's] goals makes it possible for everyone to set their own priorities and be their best every day. By being more engaged in work we believe in, our stress is lower and we get more done."

This article is from the Aug. 5, 2013 issue.

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