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Increase Productivity With Psychological Insights Into Your Employees

As a business owner, you’re always looking for easy ways to increase productivity.

Creating a situation in which you can convince employees to be more efficient without a pay increase, however, isn’t exactly simple. In these situations, it may not be beneficial to simply focus on output numbers, but rather on psychology. Since people react in various ways to situations, understanding the best way to approach and motivate them is essential.

By having psychological insight into the way your employees’ minds work, you can improve input. To increase productivity within the workplace, consider these tips and strategies:

Put Focus on Employee Accomplishments

A study from Psychology Today found that 83 percent of individuals were more fulfilled when they were given recognition for the tasks they completed rather than any other type of reward. The same study found that 70 percent of individuals believed there was no way to put a dollar value on true, heartfelt recognition.

Encourage “Mind” Breaks

Stepping away from your desk feels good. It refreshes your thoughts and allows you to take a mental break from the tasks at hand. And, in fact, research indicates that taking a break of about 17 minutes after working for 52 minutes can help boost productivity going forward, according to The Atlantic. Offering a small window of time for peace and quiet can go a long way.

Create a Positive Workplace

If going to work is stressful, it’s harder to feel motivated if the office isn’t a welcoming place. Creating a positive culture can encourage your employees to keep working.

To do this, your employees need to know they have support from each other. Talk about the importance of the work that everyone does for the company and the community as a whole. Foster values like gratitude, trust and respect within the workforce.

Adjust Motivations by Demographic

What you do and say to baby boomers isn’t going to work in the same way for millennials. By understanding the demographics of your workforce, you can tailor what you say, how you say it and how you respond, more effectively.

For example, millennials are seen as tech-focused. Providing them with more technology-focused tools and letting them regularly work from home could be more productive. Baby boomers may respond better to a traditional business model with a manager supervising their workflow.

Engage Employees

Emotional and functional engagement plays a big role in how your staff performs. Research by Dale Carnegie found a 202 percent increase in output by engaged employees over those that are not. But what is engagement? It often means having an open communication environment, teaching your employees the company’s vision, making their work a valuable part of the company’s success and providing them with the ability to offer input.

To increase productivity, understand the psychological connections necessary between you as a business manager and your employees. Most often, companies that create the right culture (with the help of these insights) see a better bottom line — simply because employees are more willing (and able) to perform at a higher level.

Sandy Baker is a full-time freelance writer specializing in health, personal finance and Internet marketing. Her long-term history online has included publications with companies including Marriott Hotels, The New York Times and dozens of other small and medium-sized businesses. She is also published in print with award-winning books such as The Complete Guide to Estate Planning, Complete Guide to Early Retirement, The Complete Bankruptcy Guide for Consumers and Small Businesses and The Complete Guide to Organic Lawn Care.