By Nehha S Kotharie
The performance of a Business is as good as the productivity of the employees. If your employees aren’t performing as expected, your company’s productivity level will ultimately suffer. Low productivity levels don’t just hurt your employee’s morale; these can still affect your profit margin and hinder efficiency.
As a manager or Business owner, you are responsible for setting structures that improve productivity and a culture that drives success. Therefore, when it comes to addressing low productivity at the workplace, you have to find out the root cause of the issue before formulating a solution that can get your Business on track.
Some of the most essential causes of under productivity among workers are as follows:
People are overloaded with Information
Information overload happens when there’s so much data available that the brain literally can’t process it all. This affects the modern workforce in a major way.
People are bombarded daily with information from email inboxes, app notifications, and the internet. And that's on top of all the information they need to get their job done. When this overload happens, employees' ability to process tasks and make smart, quick decisions declines.
Information overload decreases knowledge workers’ effectiveness and efficiency and causes diminished comprehension levels, compromised concentration levels, and reduced innovation.
People struggle to find meaning in repetitive work
Everyone wants to do meaningful work, the work that puts their talents and abilities to good use. But meaningful work isn’t just a nice perk, it’s essential to your worker’s ability to do their jobs well. (It’s also a deciding factor for whether they. When employees don’t feel challenged, they tend to get bored, and when employees get bored, generally, their motivation levels decrease. Their degree of overall commitment toward the organization begins to suffer WIll stay with your company long term.
Employees who cannot engage in meaningful work cannot engage with their jobs.
The cost of disengagement is turnover, absenteeism, and lost productivity. And those are on top of the cost of paying employees to do low-value tasks in the first place.
When people can’t use their skills and creativity on the job, their work eventually goes stale.
To engage employees and shift focus to higher-value work, organizations must find a way to combat repetitive work.
People lose time to multitasking without realizing it
While most of us like to think we can effectively work on several tasks at once, humans aren’t actually capable of “multitasking.”
What we call multitasking is really context switching—moving our full attention from task to task very quickly. We look productive doing it, but this really makes us far less productive.
Nehha s Kotharie
Soft Skills Trainer, Graphologist, Parenting Coach