We have seen Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins reach for the moon and achieve the unthinkable. It seemed impossible, but they made it a successful mission, which at first seemed like a distant goal.
But how did they do it?
When you come to think of the success, it was a joint effort that put their names in the history books. It was a result of their sheer determination, dedication and hard work at their workplace.
From this success story, we can deduce that giving your best performance will help in achieving your goals. Similarly, your work performance plays a crucial part in helping your organization to fulfil its business goals and help the company grow.
Here I will give you a brief idea about what work performance is.
What is Work Performance?
When an employee is assigned a task, you would want them to execute it in the best possible way. And as a manager, you would assess their work at your annual performance evaluation.
Work performance is the process of carrying out or accomplishing an action, task, or function. Your employee can achieve the expectations of your company.
But there is a catch to it. People often confuse performance with productivity, whereas both are different concepts.
Productivity is defined as the amount of work your employee did on a particular day irrespective of the quality. However, performance is something that you need to work on day in and day out to get the best result and at the same time, make room for improvement.
Below are a few tips that you and your employees can adapt to improve work performance at your office.
Tips to Improve Work Performance:
1. Setting Up Milestones:
Setting up milestones helps you visualize a clear path towards your goals both in your professional as well as personal life.
Your work performance and productivity take a hit when you don't have any goals or objectives to look forward. So, focus on setting your goals and how you want to fulfil them.
Once you complete your target, no matter how big or small it may be, it is going to boost your confidence and performance levels.
While assigning your employees a big project, ask them to break it down into smaller pieces and give priority status accordingly.
You and your employees can combine the most urgent and essential tasks, when sharing a big project into sections, taking into consideration the amount of time it will take to finish.
Doing this will also help in scheduling further work for the next day.
With limited working hours, your employees' to-do-list must be in such a way that they establish realistic goals. This is going to help clear any cloud of doubts that will make your head go scratching.
3. Dropping the idea of Multitasking:
The concept of multitasking is an unrealistic ideal that we often set to become more productive at work.
But instead of improving productivity, it has the opposite effect. According to studies, multitasking leads to as much as a 40% drop in productivity.
That is a huge number and a serious issue that needs to stop. Multitasking reduces concentration and leads to mistakes hampering your performance.Thus leading to frustrations and employees getting succumed to burnout. Do try to avoid that.
But if you focus on one work at a time, not only will your quality improve but you will be less stressed and your work performance will improve tremendously.
4. Finishing up the pending work:
Do not let yourself and your employees pile up the work week after week. Instead, curate a schedule which will allow them to keep track of the task in hand.
This schedule will also help to set the time required to complete the task and keep a checklist of what needs to done and what not during the working hours. Thus, improving overall performance by allowing employees to achieve their goals in the set time.
Communication in the workplace is a two-way affair. It is a bridge that needs to be built between employees and their leaders.
Whenever you're uncertain about your work or a task, feel free to ask anyone. Whether you are a manager or an employee, make sure to establish a coherent communication channel among your team members.
It will help you and your employees to evaluate the task more quickly, and it will give you the window of opportunity to work on improvements.
6. Taking Breaks:
It is not always possible for you to perform at your peak or be productive every day. The reason for this might be increased workload, long working hours, and so on. Admitting you need a break means you are well aware of your limitations.
There has been a significant increase in burnout levels and stress in the workplace. The more you push yourself to complete a job within a limited period, the more likely your quality of work is going to decrease.
To avoid such situations, try to take breaks whenever you feel stressed, or you feel like you are in dire need of one.
7. Working on weak spots:
We all have our share of strengths and weaknesses. But being aware and mindful of what your weak spots are, will allow you to identify improvement opportunities.
Your weaknesses hold you back from performing. But recognizing areas where you lack and taking conscious steps to work on them will enhance your performance. Settling for an average score is never enough when you can be best in what you do.
8. Avoiding Distractions:
The worst enemy of performance? Distractions. You can get distracted in several ways at the workplace.
Distractions can be in various forms like your colleague interrupting your work, browsing through your phone, glancing through youtube once in a while and many more.
Before you try to give in to these distractions just keep in mind what is at stake and how it is going to hamper your performance growth.
Learn to say 'no' during work hours and try to keep your phone away from your desk if it is time-consuming. Also, you can use one of those noise-cancelling headphones to eliminate background noise such as people talking or nearby construction work. Moreover, you can opt for meditation if you find yourself too caught up among distraction so that you can channel your mind towards your work.
9. Read a lot:
The great minds and leaders always advise us on how important it is to read or how beneficial the habit of reading is. Reading gives us new perspectives, and it helps to see things more clearly.
We tend to waste a lot of our time on the internet or social media or involved in activities which do not help us in the long run. If you consciously introspect, you would realize how these habits not only waste your time but also kills your enthusiasm and spirit, and eventually your work efficiency.
Why not develop a habit which not only keeps you occupied but at the same time gives you an abundance of knowledge.
Read to stay on top with industry news, articles or books related to your niche. Also, you could try out novels which interests you. Doing so, you are most likely to improve your work performance because you will be able to increase your knowledge with every new thing you read.
10. Being Punctual:
Your tight schedule might get disrupted if you are not able to reach your work in time. When you arrive late to your scheduled meeting, your next commitment gets delayed, and eventually, all your work starts piling up. It can cause stress and may even lead to burnout.
However, if you are punctual, not only will you be able to maintain your schedule, but you will also be able to fend off the stress by completing your task in time. Thus, leading to better performance at work.
11. Stop Procrastinating:
Very often we get this tendency to get lazy, procrastinate and keep our tasks for a later date. That is a thing you should avoid totally because it will hamper your morale and will also give a bad image in front of your peers.
If you don’t feel like working at all, just take a break and follow up with your work once. Then build on from where you left. This way, you will able to complete your work and furthermore, you will get confidence for your next task.
Summing it Up:
A good manager achieves its goals with great employees but a great manager figures out how to take out the best from their underperforming employees.
With the increased levels of stress and burnout levels, it has become important for the employees to retain their juice so that they can perform at their maximum. Work performance matters not only to have a breakthrough in their personal goals but also to have job satisfaction.
These are just a few strategies to tackle the problem of underperforming but it depends solely on how you improvise and apply it in your organisation.