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4 Ways to Boost Employee Efficiency

Courtney Scharf
December 1st, 2012

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Brands that are competitive in a time-sensitive industry understand how important employee efficiency is, but many companies struggle to facilitate an environment that pushes its team members to perform at their best. Luckily, innovations in office design and up-and-coming managerial practices are helping to shift this.

Gamification can be a huge asset when it comes to keeping employees focused, particularly in a setting where many people are performing the same task. Making performance public, like Trend Hunter does with a projected dashboard displaying stats of the site and its contributors, can bring some healthy competition into the workplace and motivate employees. Giving employees a quantifiable goal plays a huge part in the way that gamification works.

Aside from developing an environment where healthy competition is encouraged and facilitated, managers must set their employees up for success by preparing them as well as possible. When it comes to executing a time-sensitive project, many overlook details at the beginning in hopes that issues that arise will be worked out along the way. Preventing roadblocks and confusion before they happen can be hugely effective in terms of employee efficiently. Taking the time to thoroughly teach the way in which a process will take place is worth the extra effort it may take, as the more confidently an employee feels about the completion of a task, the more quickly they'll likely complete the task.

Open layout designs have been criticized in the past due to the potential distraction that could result from so much interaction. Many brands actually value the interaction that results from this kind of approach to office space, as can be seen in Trend Hunter's Business Trend Report., but seek to provide employees with the option of privacy by offering areas that are both more open and private. Doing so not only shows respect for your employees' preferences, but gives them the option to work in whichever environment helps them perform at their best.