As a manager, it’s likely you have already learned how to organize, plan and streamline your work. Now you want to help your employees to do that, too. Having a productive warehouse team means the job gets done quickly and efficiently but getting them to boost productivity can be tricky. Dictating what their processes and tools should be makes you look like well … a dictator! And loading too much on their plates typically leads to burnout and high turnover.
As Elizabeth Grace Saunders, author of How to Invest Your Time Like Money, advises: “As the boss, your role is to both “set the strategic vision” and serve as “the buffer for unreasonable expectations” from the rest of the company.”
Here are a few suggestions to help you do that:
Walk the walk
You need to set an example for your team by showing excellent time–management practices yourself. When you are smart about how you utilize your workday hours, your employees will follow your lead. So, be sure you’re making time for the work that matters by minimizing the hours spent on emails, meetings and projects that tend to overload you.
Give them a break
Encourage your team to have enough downtime to keep them fresh. Studies have shown that workers have increased productivity and higher morale when they can count on having time off. Breaks are especially crucial in hard-driving organizations, but employees in even the most laid-back companies will benefit from having scheduled downtime.
Here’s a suggestion: If you hand out an assignment on a Friday afternoon, communicate when it needs to be completed. While workers don’t mind putting in an extra effort, they can quickly lose their drive if they find out that Monday would have been acceptable to start on it.
Let them know what you expect from them
This suggestion also revolves around communication. Tell your members what you expect from them and where you want them to focus. Don’t assume they know the department’s priorities as completely as you do. Let them know what you need and the quality you expect, and then let them run with it.
Too many managers also want to add instructions on how to do each task. In other words, they try to micromanage the project, which only creates logjams and slows down production.
Allow your people to make decisions
Another disadvantage of micromanaging is it tends to make your people reluctant to make decisions, which, once again, makes your team less productive. Individual productivity comes from eliminating or delegating trivial tasks and replacing them with those that add substantial value.
By allowing your people to decide which of their responsibilities they will handoff and which meetings they don’t need to attend, they will spend more time doing the things that help you meet or exceed your production goals.
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