Every business wants to see its productivity rise – it may even be one of your new financial year resolutions for the next 12 months.
Many organisations consider their human assets to be their most important – and they may not be wrong. Having productive staff means you get the maximum return on investment for each person's salary you pay.
And here's the thing: your staff want to be productive, too. The vast majority of workers enjoy the feeling of fulfilling their potential at the end of the workday, while those who struggle to stay productive can easily become stressed and disenfranchised.
Are your staff productive?
If you look around your office now, how many people are working to their full potential? In truth, it's impossible to tell, though you may have a vague idea. However, a survey by salary.com gave us some good estimates.
The majority of workers (39 per cent of them) wasted less than an hour in the average week, the results show. 29 per cent saw 1-2 hours go out of the window, while 21 per cent had a productivity drain of between two and five hours. 8 per cent had 6-10 hours of wastage, and 3 per cent found that more than 10 hours of productivity fell by the wayside in any given week.
This small percentage may not seem like much, but it should really be zero. There's no good reason why more than a day in the normal working week is wasted, and yet if you employ 100 people, it's likely that three of them will be doing just that.
All this leaves the conundrum: How do you boost productivity?
Data management leads to better productivity
In the digital world, the everyday consists of managing different types of information, meaning the methods to do so are integral to employee productivity – for better or worse. Mismanaging these information assets, can lead to large amounts of wasted time.
There's no good reason why more than a day in the normal working week is wasted.
For instance, imagine if your employee needed to pull records from your system, but that information was locked. They would need to seek permission to access it and that exercise can be unnecessary and waste time.
Is that data still secure, will it cause duplicated files, and can it still be accessed the next day or will it need sharing again and again and again? All this can cause a simple task to build into a complex, productivity-sapping charade.
Business leaders know this, though they'll likely not understand the solution. Instead of learning how to manage their information assets like they would their other resources, many will throw money at software, hardware or other technologies touted as a simple solution to all their problems.
What they really need is the business governance and information management that enables the whole company to access and use information quickly and securely. Combine this with staff training for best practices around using it and new levels of productivity are easier to reach.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, but if you'd like to look into a true solution to boosting productivity, contact Experience Matters today.