As a leader in your organization, you’ve probably spent some time during this first quarter reflecting on and evaluating how 2021 went for you. Perhaps you began re-introducing in-office activity or endeavored to expand your workforce. Undoubtedly, you attempted to maintain or increase your organization’s productivity, but how did you do?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United States finished last year with some mixed results, including increases in the business sector and declines in manufacturing (this follows some troubling numbers in the 3rd quarter of last year). These numbers matter because our productivity reflects our efficiency, which has huge financial implications for the country.
Ask questions to identify what drives your productivity
The same can be said of your business's productivity, and a lot can impact that outcome. For instance, what is your meeting culture like? If you take a poll, you’ll likely get feedback that there are too many, but it’s worth a look. Are there really too many meetings, or are the meetings you have just frustratingly unproductive? Do you hold a reasonable amount of meetings, but poor collaboration practices make them seem overwhelming? These are great questions to ask to help identify what is driving your productivity (or lack thereof).
What is your productivity costing you?
Another consideration as you study your productivity is the cost at which that productivity is being achieved. Are your people producing, but running on fumes? Unfortunately, that is not sustainable for them or your organization, especially in such a competitive market for talent. So, in your quest for optimal productivity, focusing on the wellbeing of your employees must be a priority, because it will pay dividends.
Where to start
The great news if you aren’t sure where to start is that there are spectacular resources available to help you identify where your organizational inefficiencies may lie. Maybe your meeting culture needs an overhaul. Perhaps the way your people collaborate needs fine-tuning. No matter where you are on that spectrum, KiZAN’s Employee Engagement Group can help.
With tools developed in-house (like our Collaboration Maturity Assessment) and Microsoft’s Viva Insights platform, there are a host of options that we’d love to discuss with you!
Let’s work together to understand the true state of collaboration, productivity, and employee wellness in your organization and then map out a plan to respond effectively.
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