If you want to scale your business, you can’t ignore the need to enhance employee productivity. Enhancing your team’s productivity involves more than adding work disguised as skill development.
And, while it’s important to be clear and align your company’s foundational aspects of productivity, like the vision, mission, and goals, it’s equally important to understand what’s underneath productivity. The most effective driver of productivity is often misunderstood.
Old school methods of increasing productivity point to managing behaviors or establishing incentives. Much to the dismay of leadership, these tactics are short-term motivators.
As a leader, if you want to effectively enhance workplace productivity for the long term, then it’s important for you to understand your and your team’s natural wiring. Natural wiring or hardwiring is distinct from personality or behaviors.
Your natural wiring is present at birth and stays with you your entire lifetime. It determines how you best generate ideas, communicate, the environment in which you best thrive, and the amount of certainty you need for effective decision making.
Align your team’s natural wiring to the wiring requirements of a specific job or role and watch as employee engagement and productivity increases.
While reverse engineering tha CEO, there was a look of impending overwhelm on his face. Knowing his biological wiring, I mentioned that we were going to develop a one-page Business Blueprint. Instantly, he was relieved.
Most importantly, he is wired to best perform when his information is received; and in this case, developed in short, concise bullet points. If he developed a lengthy Business Blueprint, he would have never implemented it.
By keeping his Business Blueprint in alignment with how he naturally executes, he increases his productivity and consistency.
In another case, a CEO was constantly interrupting her assistant with requests. Her assistant performed best in an environment where she could be sequential in her work and completed her work with limited interruptions. The constant interruptions impeded her work flow.
Instead of continuously interrupting her assistant, the CEO sent an email to her assistant requesting her to see her when her assistant came to a stopping point. This way of working not only became more efficient to the CEO, but increased her assistant’s productivity by over 40%.