What are the Causes of Low Level of Productivity?

September 29, 20164:19 pm4182 views

Employees’ productivity directly affects the overall performance of the company. Understanding what helps and what hinders the productivity are paramount, as it will affect the company’s success and advancement in future.

Employees with low productivity levels are mostly unable to execute their duties efficiently, failing to maximise their capabilities to excel and produce high-quality outputs.  Not only they have a lower sense of ownership to their roles, but they are also not proactive in upgrading themselves. As a result, they end up being below average employees that could affect the other colleagues, the efficiency of any team they are involved with and putting a plug to their career advancement opportunities.

See also: 5 Employee Training Techniques to Boost Productivity

One of the HR’s essential duties is to ensure the stable productivity of the employees, thereby producing high-performance achievements and great engagement. It had come to attention that not all employees with low productivity levels are caused by oneself but such issues could be brewing due to the management style of the company.

Here are some red flags that are causing your employees to be performing ineffectively:

1) Poor Supervision

With inadequate supervision, it is tougher to manage employees and tasks neglected, resulting in work poorly done. Employees, even those who are considered as star talents still require adequate supervision from their superiors to keep them on their toes so that they will manage their time carefully to meet deadlines and better manage their tasks competently.

2) Lack of Delegation

Lack of delegation is tightly related to lack of trust, and this brings many negative impacts for employees, especially their productivity level. With superiors displaying the lack of trust by not properly delegating work to the employees, it doesn’t give employees the space to learn new things and experiment with innovation and ideas. As a result, employees tend to stay in their comfort zones, unwilling to expand their capabilities to achieve the optimum results.

3) Poor Communication

Establishing good communication habits is important as with poor communication, it leads to misunderstandings and conflicts that significantly affect the employee’s productivity. The two-way communication between superiors and employees allow them to work in more effortless collaboration.

4) The Bigger Picture

With numerous tasks keeping employees busy, they rarely have the extra hours to reflect on how their performance could be affecting the company’s overall success. Thus, when superiors fail to discuss the bigger picture of the company to their subordinates, it actually limits their perspective towards the daily tasks they are doing. Therefore, only performing the necessary rather than going the extra mile to pull up the quality.

5) Inconsistency

Superiors who dish out inconsistent orders hinder employees’ focus when executing their current tasks and potentially increase their stress levels leading to unfavourable performance. Employees will feel under appreciated for their effort and demotivate them.

6) Outdated Systems

For the company to thrive, it is crucial to be moving towards automation and decrease manual work. Key functions such as, inventory, data collection and trackings are far more efficient through using Softwares or Applications.

7) Employee Dissatisfaction

Satisfied employees with high morale will prioritise their works rather than slack off during the working hours such as texting, chatting with coworkers and browsing irrelevant topics from the internet.

Conversely, disgruntled employees who are not happy with their job tend to underperform.

In conclusion

If such issues are happening in your company, then it is time to bring it up to the management and revise and improvise current strategies in order to create a better work environment to support the employees.

Next read: How to Reprimand Employees without Conflicts?


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