Productivity killers are everywhere during a crisis.

Don’t let boredom become a productivity killer.

It’s okay if you’re feeling bored sometimes, but don’t let productivity killers take over. Bored is an actual feeling, and fortunately, it can prompt forward motion, it means that you’re paying attention. Boredom is a productivity killer and is the thing which you experience before you choose to entertain yourself in some way. It is what space feels like, and you can use the time to do something extraordinary.

Whichever way you put it, lost productivity in the workplace is bad news for business. Disengaged employees cost plenty in lost productivity. You can’t motivate people if you don’t know their problems and frustrations.

Employees are only human, and humans tend to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of their day-to-day activities, resulting in productivity killers. Being distracted, falling into a rut, and losing track of tasks are just some of the issues employees experience.

People experience productivity killers and fall into the traps all the time. For a productive workplace, familiarise yourself with the top productivity killers. You can then weed them out and encourage higher productivity among your employees. 

Productivity killers must be eliminated post the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many companies probably aren’t going to bring back 100% of their workforce to the office after COVID-19. It means it’s time to prepare for a ‘new normal’ and to make sure you’re ready to grow your remote workforce and deal with a worldwide explosion of hybrid teams.

Productivity crashes when people have poor leadership and no direction.

For years, ‘growth’ has been on the lips of entrepreneurs, and economists across the business world as an alternative for ‘progress’, the ultimate sign of success. And then, the world changed and survival, not growth, is the word of the day.

Uncertainty has smothered our communities and is delivering a new reality when growth is a tough topic to address. Few are experiencing accelerated growth as a result of dramatic shifts in customer behaviour. Most are facing significant challenges, particularly in productivity at all levels.

Switching the focus to strategies for survival, as many are now having to do, it’s easy to become absorbed in short-term thinking.  It’s easy to forget the fact decisions made during a crisis can have lasting effects, both positive and negative.

Many businesses can lose sight of their most significant source of direction when navigating times of uncertainty; the customer. During times of crisis, the customers feel the impact of their experience with a business more acutely than before. They remember the companies they heard from too often and those they didn’t hear from enough. They remember the interactions that felt empathetic and those that didn’t. And they remember the actions that genuinely provided help when it was needed the most.

To improve productivity, familiarise yourself with productivity killers.

  • Disengagement with employees and customers
  • Lack of recognition of the problems unfolding for employees and customers
  • Poor work-life balance with poor coping strategies
  • Unfamiliar distractions to day to day operations
  • Perfectionism trying to cope with as the new environment unfolds
  • Disorganisation as everyone seeks to cope
  • Boring, unnecessary and unproductive meetings
  • Inadequate or inappropriate technology systems, tools and processes

During times of adversity, consolidating your customer base is critical. “Rate your customer service metrics”. Contact us for a copy of this tool to help retain customers.

Key Message: To encourage others to give them a “pay it forward” experience. For example, when the person in front of you pays for your coffee, then you pay it forward for the next person. Simple acts of kindness like this inspire people, and productivity improvements usually follow.

Quotable Quotes.

“The greater danger for most of us isn’t that our aim is too high and miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it”. Michelangelo

“I tell everyone I can; if you’re not pursuing an Economic Gardening strategy, you’re missing out. If you’re not engaged with this program, it’s hard to take your economic development program seriously. Because this is foundational to how you grow a local economy”. Charles Marohn

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