How to create a more productive workforce

Every business wants a productive, innovative and creative staff. We’d hope this would be achieved by proper hiring decisions. However, someone being qualified is not a sufficient guarantee they will also be continually productive and innovative. Instead, we should consider creating an atmosphere where that occurs, encouraging our employees to become better.

This benefits us as a business, since we then have better staff. The staff themselves benefit, since they gain additional skills. There are ways for us to create a better, more engaged and productive workforce.

Make them feel valued

Nobody likes being ignored or treated as a machine. The world no longer tolerates leaders who merely dictate, since employees will find places employees are respected.

As Entrepreneur highlights, staff being valued benefits the business.

“Ask employees about members of their family, what they enjoy doing outside the office and the parts of their role that they like or dislike the most. Demonstrating an interest in your employees as people, rather than as cogs in a machine, will ensure that they feel valued. “

If staff feel valued, this will make them more loyal. Even higher salaries can be viewed as meaningless alongside being treated with respect, space and interest. This means they have an investment in the business itself, making them more determined to do their best.

Emotional intelligence matters

To view productivity only in one way is too narrow. Considering how complicated humans are,  it’s important to consider their emotional aspects, too. After all, this ties in to our previous notion of making them feel valued. Staff aren’t just going to work harder. They need a reason, a deeply emotional one, to do so. While earning a salary and having a job are sometimes sufficient, they won’t enhance your staff’s ability to do better.

One aspect is to tap into emotional, as opposed to functional, productivity. As business expert Steven Dupuis notes:

“The challenge is tapping into emotional productivity, which is something that is much more difficult to control because it has no process. Emotional productivity, best defined as achievement and fulfillment, is crucial to living a meaningful life.”

It’s important to realise that emotional intelligence matters, as this shows. This means knowing how to negotiate the emotions of others, particularly those we work with.

To understand how to get this out of staff and their managers, it might be wise to find emotional intelligence training courses. You can either educate yourself as the business owner, the managers or others. In this way, you’ll get a working force more aware of why emotional management matters.