40 Tips to Increase Team Productivity

  • AUTHOR: Veronika Tondon
  • DATE: 03/17/2015

Kick team productivity up a notch with these 40 tips!

Improving team productivity is beneficial for both, the organization and the team. This helps in growth and improvement for all. These are simple techniques that team leads can use on a daily basis to improve team productivity.

  1. Understand and perform the tasks done by your subordinates yourself. Find ways to do it in a better way and train them accordingly.
  2. Incentivize your team to perform better while completing tasks and goals. Keep small casual outings to reward the teams for being more productive.
  3. Provide appropriate feedback to team members, for areas of improvement, on a regular basis.
  4. Regular training and motivational workshops help in developing the right skill set among team members.
  5. Self discipline is the best form of creating the right environment for the team to get inspired and perform better.
  6. Give enough freedom to your team to do well and come up with new ideas.
  7. Do not pass on the stress of new challenges on your team members. Stay motivated and keep them motivated.
  8. Make sure the team gets a comfortable environment and their computers and internet are working properly.
  9. Define the tasks and goals clearly. Ambiguity reduces the time actually spent in completing the tasks.
  10. Develop individuals into specialists who will take on at-least one aspect of the overall goals.
  11. Meetings should be limited to important discussions. Team members should collaborate and chat online whenever possible.
  12. Give time off to team members and encourage a good work-life balance to keep them in a happy state of mind.
  13. The expectations for the team and individuals should always be set, well in advance.
  14. Understand how you can make every individual in the team, perform and grow. A close observation helps in taking the right steps.
  15. Encourage interaction and collaboration among team members. Always work on reducing friction within the team.
  16. Encourage healthy competition within the team. Make sure it does not hamper team building.
  17. A 5 minute motivational session every morning is important in improving team performance on a daily basis.
  18. Communicate with team members and coach them about their personal and educational goals.
  19. Use timesheets to track the time spent by employees on tasks and coach them on the areas of improvement.
  20. If your team has some expensesthat they incur on the job, then make sure these are paid out on time.
  21. Guidelines for team expenses must be clearly set.
  22. Help your team members in using the right online tools for greater productivity.
  23. Keep innovation at the heart of employee rewards.
  24. Make your team members believe that they can do better.
  25. Set standards of a great body language and a positive attitude while at work.
  26. Organise skill development workshops on a regular basis for updation of team skills.
  27. Bring more focus in the team by talking about goals and tasks regularly. Do this without being too pushy.
  28. Make sure deadlines are always adhered to and taken seriously.
  29. Delegate work and give more importance to goals rather than tasks.
  30. Allow flexible shifts and work-from-home to employees who are performing better.
  31. Remove redundant and unnecessary tasks from the task list, on a regular basis.
  32. Organize speed improvement workshops in the team to help the team work faster.
  33. Ensure your team is performing consistently. Keep them motivated to keep up the good work.
  34. Make sure every team member understands the process clearly. The team lead must e-mail the process to every team member.
  35. Keep a watch on the online activity of team members and make sure they are only surfing on work related websites. Use the appropriate tools to monitor the activity and take corrective action.
  36. Always keep your expectations realistic. Setting targets that are only slightly above what is possible, helps in improving productivity.
  37. Task rotation among team members helps in improving their skills and productivity.
  38. Use feedback forms for getting feedback from your team members for improving the workflow and processes.
  39. Organize group discussions to understand more about the work being done and the status of tasks.
  40. Take team out for physical activities like cycling and sports for getting them to work with even more energy.
Veronika Tondon
Veronika Tondon

Veronika Tondon is a small business enthusiast. She writes about emerging technologies and opportunities for business. She is working as a Marketing Manager with Invoicera, a leading cloud invoicing solution.

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