Four ways to boost productivity

Four ways to boost productivity

Ask five HR managers how to boost productivity and you’ll likely get five different answers. Research on the subject attributes it to everything from office layout to recycling. HRM Online cuts through the clutter and investigates four straight-forward ways to boost productivity.

Get yourself an EVP

Employee engagement is one of those slippery HR fundamentals. It’s easy to identify when it’s in front of you but that delicate balance of resources, support, wellbeing and leadership is often elusive.

A recent survey from Towers Watson found 67% of Canadians are not fully engaged in their work and feel frustrated with insufficient support from their employers.

The study also suggests an Employee Value Proposition (EVP) is the best way to engage, as long as it’s followed through on of course. An EVP should detail career development, culture, values and rewards, and according to Towers Watson is the experience offered by the employer in exchange for the employee’s productivity and performance.

Providing the EVP is in line with the reality of an organization’s culture and branding it can not only engage your workforce but assist HR in understanding what appeals to potential hires.

 Does your wellness program work?

The question of whether wellness programs affect employee health and thus productivity is at this point, a no-brainer. One US based organization measured the impact of their wellness program over six years and found lost work days had decreased by 80%.

That kind of number can have a significant impact to the bottom line. So go forth and spread wellness. But first, a word of caution, a lunch and learn on smoking cessation isn’t going to impact productivity if your workplace is full of non-smokers.

Targeting your wellness initiative to the demographic and specific needs within your organization is vital to wellness success. It might be as simple as an anonymous survey of employees on their biggest health concerns. And if you already have a wellness program in place a yearly review of the metrics, looking at success rates as well as participation, will likely give you all the information you need to point your program in the right direction.

Battle boredom with multiple learning options:

Boredom is the new stress and, according to The University of Cambridge business school, it’s a productivity killer.

Research out of the University of Cambridge earlier this year indicated boredom can result in sabotage, withdrawal and abuse of fellow team members, even among individuals who are usually high-performing.

Opportunities for learning and development is a sure fire way to challenge employees. HR can battle boredom by offering employees multiple options for development such as tuition assistance, e-learning and supporting employee attendance of industry seminars.


A simple way to reduce boredom and increase productivity is job rotation. Allowing employees to experience other jobs within the organization reduces boredom, allows for skills development and provides a better understanding of the organization.


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