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Tim Millett
Published by Tim Millett
08 October 2013

Good managers will want to look at ways of continuously improving team performance, encouraging greater productivity, creativity, and quality of work. Ensuring your staff members know what standards you expect to achieve is only the first step in the process of getting the best performance from your team. Here are five ways you can improve performance beyond the traditional annual or biannual performance reviews.

  • Increase Staff Morale
    Positive or high staff morale generally increases productivity, reduces absenteeism, and encourages greater attention to detail. Work to increase staff morale by providing good facilities and appropriate incentives for individual employees who perform well. Remember that we all measure success, and will therefore be motivated, by such things as:
    • Fulfilling relationships
    • Self growth
    • Meaningful work
    • Peace of mind
  • Recognise Good Performance
    Too often managers focus on the negatives of staff performance, with the positives only mentioned as a sweetener at the start of the performance review. Unfortunately, this emphasis on fixing the negative aspects of an individual’s performance does not provide incentives to provide outstanding work. Ensure that you create opportunities to celebrate success to encourage your team to put forward their best performances continuously for the good of the company.
  • Encourage Laughter
    Many managers think that people laughing together must be wasting time. However, a simple thing like some laughter makes the worst day easy again and gives people a break from tension. This, in turn, increases productivity and creativity. Encourage laughter and you will have employees who love coming to work. They will work consistently hard to enjoy the positive, upbeat and fun workplace that proactively produces productivity.
  • Build on the Positives
    Excellent leaders know that building on the positives goes far beyond simply accentuating the positive characteristics of each individual in your team. Consider what training and complementary skills individuals can learn to become even better at their jobs and to continue developing. Training your staff to build on natural instincts with solid learning will help you to improve staff performance.
  • Lead by Example
    Leaders who do one thing themselves but have different expectations for their staff do not get the best performances from their team. Look for ways that you can improve your own performance, whether it is through leadership training or time management training. Consider where you need to improve and always be a leader who leads by example.

Training can be the key to improving staff performance, including your own as a manager. If you need to learn leadership skills to work effectively with your people, then you should consider this sort of training. Offering training can be a good incentive and reward for staff who perform well too. Training can provide many benefits for your team and yourself as a leader. Look at areas that you think need improvement and find the appropriate training courses that address those issues. Offering training encourages staff members to be loyal to the company who puts time and money into the staff member’s improvement and career benefits.

When creating a culture that is focused ongetting the best from your staff, you may be surprised at how creatively people can solve problems to increase productivity. Training and providing positive reasons to upskill and improve will definitely improve your staff’s performances.

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