Efficiency Starts at the Top

by Shenron on October 3, 2009

You’ve probably already cleared your desk off and gotten all of your papers filed away. But what if you’re still not able to get things done around the office? Well if you’re running the show as the head honcho, keeping everyone else in check and working efficiently is going to take more than coffee boosts and late night hours on the weekends. Today we’re going to look at how you can increase productivity around the office from the top position. While a clean desk and happy employees are great, at the end of the day you sometimes need a little bit more to get the ball rolling.

 Efficiency Starts at the Top

1. Undress: Now before your mind starts wandering off towards bad thoughts, just keep reading. Over time, bosses have developed a certain look. There’s a certain aura that surrounds the suit and tie you don every day. It may be a good idea on some days to lose the suit and go for something a little more casual. Obviously every day can’t be “casual Friday” but it may be a unique approach sometimes. Your objective is to make your employees feel more comfortable with your presence. Being the nasty boss that always seems like he’s out to get the staff is not conducive to efficiency. Go casual and gain some new friends around the office.

2. Encourage Ideas: Sometimes people are afraid to stand up and speak up about an idea they have for fear of being reprimanded. If that stigma exists, shoot it down. See if you can get the entire office together and let everyone know that their ideas on how things could be done differently are welcomed and appreciated. If people feel like their ideas are valued, they’ll feel like they have more value to the company. And at the end of the day, happy employees make better employees.

3. Leadership: More than likely, the reason you’re at the top is because you showed the most leadership of those among you. But are you really using your leadership skills everyday? Take a look at your work day and see if you’re really leading your employees or if you’re just a figurehead that they address with “Yes, sir.” If you’re really the leader, take charge and take the initiative to try new things and get things done. Don’t set arbitrary deadlines that can’t be met but if you want to be in charge, take charge.

4. Delegate: Big problems don’t ever solve themselves and passing them off to a handful of employees rarely works either. When you have things that need doing, spread the task around so that not only is everyone involved making them feel like part of the team, but things get done much faster if everyone is working simultaneously. Of course, this can’t work all of the time, but in many companies the opportunity exists to split work up but it never happens. A few lonely individuals end up working long hours while others take early lunches and three day weekends.

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