5 Short Questions to Improve Workplace Productivity

Where is your organization at in terms of employee engagement? Does your organization have a system for understanding productivity within the organization? Answering these few questions may help you better understand where your organization is at and explain how higher engagement between employees and managers can result in more productive employees.

1. Communication Style: How does your organization tailor to different communication styles?

Whether someone responds better to a personal, collaborative style or task-oriented, right-to-the-point attitude, a manager can tailor their communication to different people around them. According to The Economist, different communication styles is the most frequently cited cause of poor communication at 42%.

2. On a scale of 1 to 5, how productive is your business? 5 being maximum productivity and 1 being an unproductive business.

Not completely surprising, Forbes states that engaged teams have a 17% higher productivity than disengaged teams. Remember, productivity does not mean the same thing as time in the office. It is very possible to have a highly productive team that is not being overworked.

3. Work Style: How does your company promote and leverage work-style diversity?

According to this HBR article, bringing different work styles into a team can create productive friction which results in powerful collaborations. Tapping into employee’s different work-styles is key whether a team member may be full of ideas and easily brainstorm, follow precise instructions with timelines and responsibilities, or look for opportunities to solve open-ended problems.

4. Motivation: On a scale of 1 to 5, how well are employees’ motivators understood by the organization?

When a manager knows what motivates each employee, they can better inspire performance. Statistically, however, Gallup claims only 1 out of every 5 employees strongly agrees that their company’s system motivates them.

5. Conflict Triggers: When was the last time a workplace conflict arose from personality clashes? A month? A day? A Week?

As SHRM explains, conflict can be costly as U.S. employees spent 2.8 hours per week dealing with conflict and nearly 10% reported that workplace conflict led to project failure.

Whether you think you rated high or low on these questions, it is always good to do a quick check-in to see where you think improvements can be made inside an organization. At Cloverleaf, we believe that motivation, communication style, work style, and conflict triggers are critical to working well together as an organization. This is why we provide Insights focused on these areas. If you are interested in learning more about culture, productivity, and performance, read our research here. Looking for feedback on your team or organization? Take our Team Effectiveness Quiz here.