19 Sep The Easy to Miss Mistakes That Are Holding Your Practice Back
Ensuring and enhancing team productivity is something that every healthcare practice should have as a priority.
It’s not enough to just be an expert practitioner as a business owner; you actually need to lean away from doing the usual routine as much as you can.
It’s time to step into the shoes of the CEO.
It’s likely that along the road you will encounter factors that weaken or extinguish the motivation of your employees, which could also affect their productivity.
If you want your business to grow, you need to be able to alleviate these “productivity killers.”
The first step is to identify the factors.
That way, you will be able to prevent them from becoming a bigger issue.
If you believe they already exist, then you should learn how to address them.
But remember that avoidance is definitely not enough.
Applying a proactive stance is the best approach.
1. Get Rid of Motivation Killers
As earlier mentioned, it’s important that you’re able to identify the things that could kill the motivation of your team.
A good leader is someone who carefully observes the practice culture and will look for any problem areas that could adversely affect the motivation of employees.
Some of the most common motivation killers are abrasive personalities, toxic people, lack of organizational vision, poor communication system, autocratic style of management and lack of appreciation.
Addressing each of these areas will require various approaches although there are some ways on how to actually prevent these “motivation killers.”
2. Motivate Through Gamification
Motivation is an important factor to ensure productivity in every workplace.
Unmotivated employees get easily bored especially if they’re tasked to do monotonous routines.
Similarly, employees who lack motivation don’t have the enthusiasm to fulfill their challenging tasks.
One of the most effective ways to motivate employees is through gamification techniques. Certain tasks like completing reports and contributing ideas for specific projects can be “gamified” to make them more appealing, interesting, and exciting to employees.
Gamification can involve the use of rewards, badges, rankings, leaderboards, and other game elements to make repetitive tasks more engaging.
There are enterprise gamification platforms like Scavify, hubEngage or Axonify to help make it easier for employees to perform specific tasks and get ahead of the game.
3. Set Clear Goals
Your team will be more motivated if they are aware of what they’re expected to achieve.
Stating goals clearly and coming up with a vision can help guide everyone in your practice.
Also, it’s extremely important that you provide feedback on employee performance to show that they are being supervised well.
Any accomplishments must be acknowledged, and failures or errors in meeting specific targets must be addressed promptly to enhance and maintain productivity.
4. Responsible Use of Technology
Of course using technology doesn’t only mean having computers and a reliable Internet connection in your office space.
Refusing to embrace new technology is a huge mistake in the healthcare industry.
There are plenty of technologies that can help significantly increase the productivity among employees in the field and it’s necessary you study the various solutions.
Collaborative applications, such as Asana and Nookal can help make employees more productive, especially if you’re business has a geographically distributed setup.
Increased mobility can help break some of the barriers to productivity.
Mobile devices allow easy access to communication and collaboration tools, including work-related information and paperwork.
5. Provide Skills Development
In any business, it’s extremely important that a set of standards is established.
All employees must be aware of what the practice is expecting from them.
They should know exactly what they must be doing and what are their assigned roles.
Without a clear expectation, employees will to look for excuses if they fail to achieve their own targets.
Be very clear from the outset by defining what you expect from everyone and how you expect them to perform their specific responsibilities and tasks.
Also, you must be able to address the aspirational needs of each employee by providing them opportunities for developing their skills and advancing in their professional roles.
You should expect each employee to welcome challenges instead of being stagnant.
6. Communicate Effectively
Communication doesn’t just refer to the use of devices like smartphones or written and verbal exchanges of information.
Instead, you need to design and use a communication system that’s appropriate for the overall needs of your practice.
Without a doubt, communication is the most important puzzle piece in the overall operations of your business.
Without a proper system of communication, you’ll find it difficult to function at your peak, and you won’t be able to achieve your goals.
Efficient and effective communication means that employees are be aware of the expertise and hierarchy in the business and know how and who to reach out if they have any concerns.
When it comes to the use of tools, taking advantage of modern applications and platforms should be a priority.
Enhancing and maintaining productivity in the workplace may not always be easy to accomplish, however, it all comes down to some simple concepts.
The three important things to remember are the following - the need to motivate employees, the proactive involvement of managers and using technologies and systems that can greatly help employees do their tasks efficiently.
If you’re able to execute these plans thoughtfully and with these concepts in mind, then you’re already on the right track.
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