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The average UK worker is believed to be productive for less than three hours in a day, spending only 2 hours and 53 minutes doing diligent work. Indeed, this is a serious issue that needs attention. That's because it could negatively affect your bottom line without you knowing. Employee performance usually determines whether or not your business survives or meets its target. Therefore, if you notice a decline in the productivity of your staff, it is advisable to take a hands-on approach to find out the possible factors accounting for it. Here are some you can readily take care of.
According to the BBC, within Europe, the United Kingdom has the highest number of working hours in a week, at an average of 42.5 hours. Perhaps, it may be why your employees are stressed and performing badly and below business expectations. Naturally, employees will become disgruntled when they exceed individual limits, which explains their reduced performance. Apart from the toll on their health, they may feel justified in deliberately reducing their performance to reduce and cope with stress.
The first thing an employer wants from an employee is an understanding of their role in the business. Even though the employee might have a fair idea about the job in general, the employer must provide in-depth and specific information regarding the company’s practices. The obvious lack of specific information and expectations may account for poor employee performance. This could lead to a misunderstanding of the job or their role. This often leads to conflicts and tension. It is the employer’s responsibility to resolve this by providing a detailed job description.
In some other instances, conflicting roles may account for poor employee performance. The duplication of job roles is common in businesses around the country. This is why your HR team must clearly define the goals for every role accordingly at the discussion stage of hiring new talents. This way, your new employees would not come across as performing poorly. Some experts recommend interventions like the grow coaching model to help empower employees and boost their performance.
The current business climate is digitized, and businesses that cannot adapt are usually left behind. And more often than not, employees are blamed for it. Outdated technology slows down work and can spark apathy among employees. You can help your employees become efficient by providing the technology relevant to your type of business.
For example, modern accounting technology like optical character recognition, cloud computing, and blockchain cannot be overlooked. You may be wrong if you consistently blame your employees for poor performance while the business uses outmoded technology. You will have the right to complain when you replace old-fashioned technology that adds no value to the business.Last but not least, poor leadership is a common factor that may account for unsatisfactory employee performance. As top management, it is advisable to be directly responsible for evoking enthusiasm among your employees.
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