Pursuing Proper Productivity

Boost productivity and invigorate the workplace by utilizing these straightforward tactics.

Specific qualities required of a team leader will guarantee increased productivity and a tighter bond among team members. The lack of these qualities will turn that daily grind, into a daily halt and cause team members to fall into a state of stagnation. Implement these traits, and watch all aspects increase in the company.

Communication

In every healthy relationship, communication is key. The same goes for the relationship of work. Too often, projects are not completed due to a lack of information being shared. Blame can arise, and people will start pointing fingers, but the real culprit is that the team wasn’t properly informed.

A proper chain of communication must be established to ensure that everyone is on the same page. Does your company have an specific procedure of communication? Are notes being shared among the rest of staff from manager meetings? Don’t treat the company as a competition and withhold information. Encourage communication by involving all departments. A natural solidarity among team members will emerge and projects that once seemed daunting will now be easily tackled.

To have a team that is constantly communicating, means that no one is left out of the loop.

Conviction

“Ninety percent of selling is conviction, and 10 percent is persuasion.”
Shiv Khera

Conviction by definition is a firm belief in something. Belief is a broad term in itself and can be used in a variety of ways, but the conviction side of it will always remain. The act of believing in something gives a strong base of operation.

Believe in the product, believe in the work, and most importantly, believe in the team. With a strong sense of conviction, no one is able to pass off mediocre work. Strong belief feeds a strong pride which leads to a zealous attitude among staff. If there is any doubt about work or the product, then production as a whole will start to slide off.

One person lacking in conviction, will cause others to doubt their own work. Those that oversee the project will in turn have to work that much harder to ensure a quality product. From there animosity can arise and a schism form amongst team members.

Create conviction at the workplace by being excited about the product. Make that excitement contagious and keep it up. On average there are eight hours in a workday, it only needs one minute for something wrong to occur. Counter any hiccups with a quick pep talk, compliment hard work, or share a brief description of how awesome the product is, and everyone will get back on the same page.

Share your convictions, and everyone else will share with you.

Persistence

Success doesn’t come to those that wait. Simple enough in words, but how does that translate at the office?

The moments that cause thoughts of giving up and walking away need to be conquered. The only way that they can be defeated is through a constant push of persistence. Stress getting in the way? Take a break, walk around and come back with a different attitude. Something seem impossible? Ask for input from colleagues. An outside opinion can give a different viewpoint on how to accomplish a difficult task. There may be moments that doing something completely different will help shift the focus away from being stuck.

Become actively persistent, and the door to success will eventually get tired and open. Once others see this success, they too will be inspired and incorporate a persistent attitude in their work dogma.

“Never give up! Never surrender!”
- Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen)

Example

The greatest leaders, lead by example.

All of the previous aspects are different facets to the jewel that is, ‘example.’ The example that a leader gives to the team, is the example that they will follow. If the leader doesn’t communicate, neither will they. If the leader doesn’t have any conviction, then what will the team believe in? If there is no persistence, then there will be no urgency and nothing will get done. The team reflects the qualities of their leader.

Throughout all of nature, it is the attributes of the leader that is found in the followers. Which begs the question, what is being shown in the workplace? What does the leader need to change? What does the team need to change?

Introduction of specific tools may cause a disruption among staff. This is due to the fact that no one likes change and anything new is viewed as a threat. As a leader, it is easier to adopt these tools and assuage any fear felt among the team through constant communication. By being a team member, the hardest part will be to get others to follow suit. Remember, being an example that holds true to their convictions will cause others to communicate and share in the persistence.

When these basic points of productivity are followed, a team will slowly change into a family. Encouragement will feed encouragement, and the success of everyone will be the ultimate goal. In the end, the hardest thing to do in the office will be changing printer cartridges without getting toner everywhere.

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