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3 Ways You're Getting in the Way of Your Employees' Productivity (and How to Stop)

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3 Ways You're Getting in the Way of Your Employees' Productivity (and How to Stop)
Over the last 25 years I have helped thousands of business owners grow and scale their companies. And one of the biggest deciding factors on the rate of growth has to do with a business owners (and their staff) ability to focus on the bigger picture tasks that create the most value for the company.

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Unnecessary meetings

Meetings should be held to create value. So if you feel a meeting doesn't create value, don't hold it. Letting your employees use that time to work will bring you more value.
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Focus day

Choose a day on the week and block 3-4 hours of focus time: turn your phone off, stay away from your emails, and focus on just one or two high-value activities that will make the most difference...

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Clear deadlines and deliverables

Your team should a clear idea of what they need to focus on and the milestones to be met, in a quarter.
Failing to have clear deadlines and deliverables will lead to confusion and will sabotage ...

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Setting employee expectations

A recent study reveals that almost half of all U.S. employees are unsure of what's expected of them.

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Employer/Employee expectations

Employee expectations to maintain:

  • Displaying a positive and respectful attitude
  • Working with honesty and integrity
  • Performing their work to a reasonable standard 

Employees expectations;

  • Proper training, support and leadership from management and access to resources
  • Timely and accurate payment of wages
  • Safe working environments
  • Explanation of responsibilities, company policies and procedures
  • Regular feedback from supervisors or managers.

Team expectations

Team expectations refer to the behaviors that occur while working together on tasks. 

  • Respect and courtesy to everyone.
  • Be accountable for your work.
  • Be reasonably flexible about task assignments.
  • Be willing to lend a helping hand.
  • Ask for help when needed.
  • Work safely together.
  • Be open to constructive feedback.
  • Be self-motivated and reliable.
  • Share ideas for improvement.
  • Be cheerful, positive and encouraging to other team members.

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Steps to an effective delegation

Steps to an effective delegation
  • Always provide feedback.
  • Be sure to keep an eye on things.
  • Be clear about what you want your employees to do.
  • Delegate the right things.