In a startup, productivity is the lifeblood of
the company. Unlike larger corporations, where there may be a little more
flexibility, startups have specific goals and milestones that must be met in
order to succeed. Getting the job done by the agreed deadlines is critical. Not
to forget, a startup has much more at stake.
Often it is about increasing employee
productivity by using the "whip," increasing pressure and encouraging
long working hours, but this does not increase performance or efficiency, quite
the opposite. Especially imagine how this would not work for creative workers
If you want to know how to keep your employees motivated, don't forget to put
all these tips into practice.
It's not a sprint if you don't stop running
It's very simple: Employees cannot be
effective if they cannot stop pushing the accelerator. Slower periods are
necessary to ensure long-term success. Take time to celebrate successes between
sprints, even if, as a leader, successes aren't exactly what you'd like them to
be. Success for a startup CEO may mean the sale, but for employees, that simply
represents future risk. You need to celebrate the things that are important to
the team. You must celebrate the completion of product development, sales, and
upgrades and give awards.
Treat your employees as investors
Another way to increase productivity is to
make your employees feel valued for sharing the same information that is shared
with investors. This level of transparency allows employees to be more
connected to the company, builds trust, and gets them more involved on a
personal level. Everyone likes to be made to feel different. This will likely
increase employee productivity if their impact on the business is highlighted
rather than the number of hours worked and reports completed.
Don't plan for talent: Change is good
In a rapidly changing business environment,
startups need to be able to pivot very quickly. To do this, you need to leave
room in your planning to allow for flexibility. If you saturate your employees,
it will be very difficult for them to react to new opportunities and may cause
you to lose sight of priorities. What is your team's point if you cannot
redirect their energy toward more fruitful ideas?
On the other hand, you will need to train your
organization to think of change as a positive thing. I've seen many companies
self-destruct because they thought change was a sign of weakness. If your staff
is confused or concerned about the company's direction, their work may suffer.
Use timelines instead of dashboards
Make sure you are using tools with timelines
to communicate with employees. Tools like HipChat and Skype for Business give
employees a more holistic view of workflow. These tools give you an idea of
what's happening in real-time and what's gone astray. In the same way, we
consume information on social media. Dashboards generally provide a static
snapshot of a single event, while timelines allow staff to get a better idea of
the overall dynamics of a particular project. When working with teams,
timelines are particularly effective, allowing everyone involved to better
understand the process.
In my experience, there is no magic formula
for creating a more productive team. Everyone has their own management style,
but it has been proven time and time again that high-pressure environments are
inevitably toxic, as we recently saw at Amazon. Employees need to be motivated
and inspired and feel their hard work is building the company's future.
Reshaping your staff's perceptions around
efficiency and applying the right methods of persuasion, along with the best
tools to streamline processes, can be successful. You can foster a productive
mindset among employees that is not based on fear but rather on their drive to
do something great.