We all have days where just thinking about work is grating, and productivity is as likely as a day with no news of Donald Trump. While the speed at which an individual works is subjective, failure to meet deadlines over a long period of time is an indication that there may exist issues in your team structure that need to be addressed.
Understanding that punitive measures not only bad for team morale, but does nothing to address the root of the problem, is a first step to encouraging those who work too slowly to make more of their day. Read on to see the steps you can begin to take!
The first step is always to simply approach the individual and ask. Having an informal check-in is an easy way to identify the problem. Perhaps the individual is a perfectionist, spread too thin, or experiencing issues with their personal life, it’s best to hear it from the person her or himself before jumping to conclusions.
In order to facilitate open and honest discussion, your questions should steer closer towards “how can I help” rather than “why has your performance been [X]?” Also, make sure to check in regularly in order to keep track of their progress, and show that you’re invested in their success.
While we tend to see our management styles as either micro-and laissez-faire, it’s important to keep in mind that effective staffing sometimes requires you to adopt both when dealing with specific members of the team.
Establishing detailed timelines and prioritising tasks for individuals who have trouble completing them on time is sometimes necessary to give them the right push. Remember: investing the time to get to know, and help to train and grow talent in your company is invaluable in the long term.
We all have to do things we don’t want to do at work, that’s a given. But being mindful of your staffing by taking into account what the team member wants and likes to do can greatly improve their productivity and the company’s overall. The point to highlight is that each individual should feel fulfilled by the task they’re doing, and when they’re happier and more satisfied with their work, the more likely they’ll perform tasks with efficiency and confidence.
Often times, it’s not the individual’s inability to prioritise that causes them to work slowly, but the fact that they may be too distracted to do so. For instance, some individuals take longer to refocus on a task, so having to answer calls while they need to complete something may not be the best condition for them to work in.
Giving them the space to work on one task at a time is likely to benefit their productivity and the company’s as a whole. While you may want your entire team to be great multi-tackers, the reality is that multi-tasking is not a good thing at all.
As part of our #BeTheChange series, we sit down and discuss how people and business have evolved, with change-makers in our Garage Community.
This week, we sit down with Michelle Hong, co-founder of Rooftop Republic, a social enterprise on a mission to introduce the joys of urban farming to the city folk of Hong Kong.
Rooftop Republic has been part of the Garage Community since 2018, and they have a rooftop farm on the terrace of our Wan Chai Lockhart space.
It was great to catch up with Michelle over sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and the joys of growing your own food.
The advent of user-friendly e-commerce tools has made starting your own small business easier than ever.
With so many people embarking on their entrepreneurial journey, we thought we’d give you a reminder on how to support small, local business owners.
We encourage everyone to be conscious consumers - whether this means voting with your dollar for locally farmed vegetables, or writing a positive review for the indie coffee shop in your neighbourhood.
Here are a few ideas to get started:
As part of our focus on growth, we asked the Garage Community what areas they would like they spend more time developing. It was very clear that you all wanted to dedicate more time to your mental and physical health!
Considering that Hong Kongers have some of the longest working hours in the world, it’s important to carve out some time for yourself.
Here is a comprehensive wellbeing toolkit with guides, recommendations, and resources for bettering your mind and body.
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