Apr 27 - May 10, 2009

While the most obvious incentive for increasing employee productivity is often thought to be based on salary and promotions, but this is not always the case. In fact recent thoughts on the true nature of optimal human resource management has concluded that in a large number of cases, salary has less to do with motivation than do other important factors. Indeed, the productivity and efficacy of a workforce can really determine the ability of a company to bring in the needed revenue for good profit making. In fact, the caliber of a company's employee base is so important that it can either guide the business toward amazing success or unfortunately lead a business into ruin. A workforce is really that important, and in today's business environment, one in which a skilled labor pool is increasingly fluid and hard to retain, it is becoming more and more important for human resources professionals to effectively manage a hiring process which will carry their company toward success.

The question that arises here is: What are those factors that influence employee productivity? The following is a brief account of factors that have been observed over the period for ensuring employee productivity:

Motivating Employees through Managerial Participation: The ability to see projects through to their completion is a way to motivate employees increase their productivity. While the actual process of monitoring this flow may be the specific task of one employee-a project manager-it is important for this employee to, in turn, recognize that every employee involved in the workflow should be able to see the finished product once it is complete, and gain an understanding of his or her importance in the project as a whole. A motivating work environment must be one in which employees are treated fairly. No matter what level of input a particular worker has in relation to the business processes as a whole, it is essential for a manager to give each employee a sense of playing a dynamic, integral role in something much larger.

Encouragement: One important tool for motivating employees is encouragement. Effective project managers must learn how to cultivate this powerful method of worker motivation. While oftentimes largely ignored by managers in the workplace, this can be an extremely useful method of giving an individual worker a sense of worth in relation to the actual work being done. Encouragement has, in countless examples, been shown to dramatically increase productivity.

Objective Settings: In addition to encouragement, another important factor includes objective setting that corresponds to the actual work being done. Realistic objectives are able to ensure that timeliness and work quality combine, and that the employee can still feel ready for the next project once the original one has been completed.

Performance Guidelines: Creating performance guidelines is also instrumental to elicit a work environment that is productive. After all, motivation doesn't always have to be positive. If workers are not faced with consequences for poor performance, then productivity margins can easily shrink at a devastating rate. While everybody's worse fear is that they will lose their job, one of a manager's worst fears is that he or she will lose valuable talent. Instead of letting employees go who might potentially turn around and perform well under the right conditions, a manager must be creative when it comes to finding other ways to penalize workers who bring down productivity.

Generally, however, the value of consequences is not found in implementing them, but in establishing them so that the behaviors that would ultimately require their implementation simply don't arise. It should also be mentioned that a manager will want to focus his or her workers primarily on positive reinforcement. Creating a system of tangible rewards is fundamental to

The office atmosphere: In addition to a healthy level of communication and personal motivation in the workplace, the actual physical layout of an office is extremely important when it comes to maximizing productivity. While many managers and business owners choose to suffice with a certain minimum level of office accessories, they may be ignoring what can amount to a major obstacle on the path to increasing employee productivity.

Make sure that quality employees are given a workspace that they can call their own. Whether it's an office, cubicle or even a desk in open space, there should be a high level of importance place on helping workers foster a sense of "place" in your company. Along with this place, office managers should ensure that equipment is ergonometric and sound.

Indeed, it has been found that a productive work atmosphere requires management that is able to positively motivate its employees in an infrastructure that is amenable to employees' needs.

Conclusion: Fortunately employee motivation is proven to work in nearly every case when the right stimuli are added into the mix. While the fast-acting techniques that are known to motivate employees are most needed among those who require higher levels of motivation in order to get work done, the practice of well-administered and objective-producing incentive enhancement is actually well advised for employees at all different levels of inherent motivation.