In most cases, when there is a problem at work there are actually two problems. The problem itself and then WHY it became a problem. Too many business owners and managers just fix what I call "front-end problems." Take a deeper look. Identifying problems in the workplace, and fixing them fast, will increase productivity and cut costs.
A lot of the business owners and managers I work with are so busy "putting fires out" they never have the time to actually analyze their operations and workflow. If you are one of those, I can help you! Without this analysis, employee productivity can be in the gutter - and you aren't even aware of it. Having good SYSTEMS in place to measure employee productivity is the first step to improving productivity and reducing unnecessary costs.
Of course I'm a bit biased here, but an organized workspace is also a productive workplace. Virtually all of my business clients have improved the productivity in their workplace and as a result cut costs and streamlined operations. An organized workplace, along with organized employees, is always a happier place to work.
Employees who feel "out-of-touch" or "in the dark" about what is going on at their company often become less productive (and anxious and stressed). It also has a negative impact on company morale. You don't need to share EVERYTHING, but let your team know what's going on. What are the company's goals and objectives this quarter, how you are doing towards reaching those goals and objectives, and who and how are employees are playing a role in reaching those things? A monthly employee-only email newsletter is easy to produce and distribute.
Create Some FUN in the Workplace
Hang some new art, put up a "Cartoon of the Week" in a public area or on the bulletin board. Maybe it's time for a fresh coat of paint and some better lighting? A fun place to work is a place employees look forward to going to each day - and studies show it can have a very positive impact on productivity.