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Questions to Improve Workplace Productivity

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

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

Whether someone responds better to a personal, collaborative style or a 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 are the most frequently cited cause of poor communication at 42%.

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

Forbes states that engaged teams have a 17% higher productivity rate 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 overworked or on the cusp of burnout.

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

According to this HBR article, bringing different styles into a workspace can create productive friction which results in powerful collaborations that lead to a bump in workplace productivity. Tapping into employees’ 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. Do you understand what motivates your team members?

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. These can affect the work environment and take away from your team’s productivity.

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 to increase productivity. 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

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