3 Common Ways You Might Be Killing Your Employees’ Productivity

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3 ways to accidentally ruin productivity

Whatever your work goals are whether they involve more team collaboration, more sales, or higher profits, increasing productivity plays a role in those achievements. Most leaders, however, don’t realize how they could be stifling their employees’ productivity in the way they manage or contribute to their company culture. Discover the three of the most common ways you might be hurting productivity in the workplace:


1) Missing Personal Emotional Connections [PECs]

A happier work culture develops with strong and frequently made personal, emotional connections. Why? Because people are willing to work harder and to commit to organizations that their friends are a part of. It’s one thing to disappoint your boss, but another to let a friend down.

According to Gallup’s 2017 State of the Workplace report, if 6 in 10 U.S employees had a best friend at work, organizations could realize 36% fewer safety incidents, 7% more engaged customers, and 12% higher profit.


How can you start cultivating PECs today? Here are some of our suggestions:

  • Ask your teams about their personal goals and aspirations

  • Surprise a colleague with a small gift

  • Give recognition to someone on your team at your next meeting

Related: The Easiest, No-Cost Activity Used to Build Team Connectedness

2) Too Many Interruptions, No True Sense of ‘Flow’

Bestselling author and psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi named the concept of ‘flow’, which is known as a highly focused mental state. Have you ever worked on a task and were just totally ‘in the zone’? The difference between working a lot and being in flow is that the latter brings you genuine satisfaction when you’re continuing to make progress.

Here are some common ways you can interrupt someone’s flow at work:

  • Having too many meetings and not enough independent working time

  • Stopping by or instant messaging them to make impromptu requests

  • Changing the priority of different projects at the last minute

Even though we work remotely, our DH team has to set boundaries to make sure we aren't being interrupted with Slack messages. Since we're all accustomed to working independently, we all have to figure out how we can best manage communication at a distance and maintain 'flow'. 



3) Invading Their Work-Life Balance


Raise your virtual hand if you’ve been guilty of sending an email after work hours or while on vacation? Even worse, have you requested a response of a team member or colleague while they were out-of-office?


Not only can this behavior bite into your culture, but it can pressure your employees to always be in ‘work mode’ when they’re trying to achieve a healthy work-life balance. You can’t have a balance if your mind is always thinking about work! Not giving your employees a break will sooner or later result in burnout, which can negatively affect productivity and hurt the way your teams see their work.


So as a manager, if you’re texting, calling, emailing when your employees are not working, save your thoughts for 9am on Monday morning.


Related: How to Identify a Toxic Workplace Culture



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About the Author

Briana Krueger

Bri is the Impact Storyteller on the Delivering Happiness team. Working previously as a freelancer, her goal has always been to work with passionate people who are focused on helping individuals and businesses find their purpose. As part of DH, she now gets to accomplish that every day. Bri resides in Arizona and is lucky enough to enjoy the sun all year round.


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