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50 Effective Ways To Excel At Work Every Single Week

50 Effective Ways To Excel At Work Every Single Week

Excelling in the workplace is, without a doubt, one of the biggest challenges that you can go through. Every day people are turning up to work at 70% or less, simply unable to give their best for whatever reason. The problem is that most of the time it’s a lack of clarity and information, not knowing the job well enough. Other times, the factors can be more obscure and more personal – whatever the reason is, you should try and use the following to excel at work in a range of situations.

  1. Encourage others in the workplace – you will feel the benefit from positive responses.
  2. Treat every task that you undertake in work as very important, seeking perfection.
  3. Focus on any task that you undertake to ensure that perfection is achievable.
  4. Find an element of your job that interests you, and devote yourself to specializing in it.
  5. Don’t let progress or success stunt your morals; you’ll be happier knowing you’re ethically sound.
  6. See something going wrong in the workplace that you want to try and avoid? Take action, don’t let it fester.
  7. Always try and be a part of the solution when possible; don’t wait for others to fix the glaring issue.
  8. Delegate when you can, so others can help out and so they know that you believe in their overall talent.
  9. Don’t hide behind lies, it gets you nowhere and only dampens your own morale.
  10. Avoid gossiping, it can come back to haunt you.
  11. Instead, make yourself the go-to person for those who need support and genuine help.
  12. Avoid complaining in the workplace, as it can easily spread to others and make them feel similarly negligent in the workplace.
  13. Help out as many people as you can.
  14. Never let a negative attitude get in the car with you in the morning.
  15. Keep your emotions in check and avoid speaking through passion/anger.
  16. Never be happy with the result, always try and improve it incrementally.
  17. Don’t let fear or lack of confidence hold you back; believe in yourself at all times.
  18. Ask for help, never be afraid to look for assistance and to learn.
  19. Set the right example for others in the workplace with task completion and general attitude.
  20. Don’t look for credit, help people out for the right reasons.
  21. Always prepare for the worst eventuality – stay ahead of the game.
  22. Don’t be afraid to fail – failure allows you to learn and improve as an individual.
  23. Don’t sit aound and be idle at work – look into the best ways to stay sharp and improve skills.
  24. Learn a new skill that could help take you to the next level.
  25. Ensure that the choices you make fit with your values as a person.
  26. Take on every task with the intention of making it sublime.
  27. Giving up on a task is not the right attitude – be prepared to make the most of a ask to excel and show leadership.
  28. Show leadership when others around you start to falter, providing moral support and advice
  29. Never get ahead of yourself; you are never complete and must be ready to learn new skills with regularity
  30. Remove limitations by training, excelling and always asking for help when its needed.
  31. Take responsibility when you do the job well, and when you mess up.
  32. Show respect to everyone whether they are your superior or a new start with no real experience.
  33. Maximize the way that you contribute in a group by offering group-oriented support and advice.
  34. Respect the time others provide to you, don’t expect it.
  35. Become an expert in your key situation in the business to make sure you can always assist.
  36. Make promises and be sure to keep them, don’t let people down or they will lost trust in you.
  37. Be open with people, so they can understand your actions and your motives.
  38. Listen to what you are being told – it might just make the difference.
  39. Always be kind and gracious in any workplace situation.
  40. Offer friendship to those who need it most.
  41. Lead from within – create a culture of help and assistance within everyone.
  42. Never work idly, always work with a genuine purpose to succeed.
  43. Communicate with your mind, and not with your heart – always make the rational, informed decision in the workplace.
  44. Manage your stress levels and make sure people can feel secure around you, and that your character can be counted upon in times of stress.
  45. Don’t let your knowledge of the job go stale, and always seek more information.
  46. Deliver results when asked, and ensure that it’s done on time.
  47. Be open and honest with people when things are running behind; don’t let other people down.
  48. Always provide the clearest answer possible.
  49. Give staff members with less experience time to learn and grow with you.
  50. Never expect things to be completed to suit you – the workplace revolves around other people, as well.

Use these to your advantage in the workplace, and you can prosper and move up the rankings. Additionally, you’ll build a better rapport with other members of staff; all of this will help you hit your 100% in work and get the job done every time.

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14 Ideas on How to Measure Productivity to Make Progress

14 Ideas on How to Measure Productivity to Make Progress

Everyone has heard the term productivity, and people talk about it in terms of how high it is and how to improve it. But fewer know how to measure productivity, or even what exactly we are talking about when using the term “productivity.”

In its simplest form, the productivity formula looks like this: Output ÷ Input = Productivity.

For example, you have two salespeople each making 10 calls to customers per week. The first one averages 2 sales per week and the second one averages 3 sales per week. By plugging in the numbers we get the following productivity levels for each sales person.

For salesperson one, the output is 2 sales and the input is 10 sales: 2 ÷ 10 = .2 or 20% productivity. For salesperson two, the output is 3 sales and the input is 10 sales: 3 ÷ 10 = .3 or 30% productivity.

Knowing how to measure and interpret productivity is an invaluable asset for any manager or business owner in today’s world. As an example, in the above scenario, salesperson #1 is clearly not doing as well as salesperson #2.

Knowing this information we can now better determine what course of action to take with salesperson #1.

Some possible outcomes might be to require more in-house training for that salesperson, or to have them accompany the more productive salesperson to learn a better technique. It might be that salesperson #1 just isn’t suited for sales and would do a better job in a different position.

How to Measure Productivity With Management Techniques

Knowing how to measure productivity allows you to fine tune your business by minimizing costs and maximizing profits:

1. Identify Long and Short-Term Goals

Having a good understanding of what you (or your company’s) goals are is key to measuring productivity.

For example, if your company’s goal is to maximize market share, you’ll want to measure your team’s productivity by their ability to acquire new customers, not necessarily on actual sales made.

2. Break Down Goals Into Smaller Weekly Objectives

Your long-term goal might be to get 1,000 new customers in a year. That’s going to be 20 new customers per week. If you have 5 people on your team, then each one needs to bring in 4 new customers per week.

Now that you’ve broken it down, you can track each person’s productivity week-by-week just by plugging in the numbers:

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Productivity = number of new customers ÷ number of sales calls made

3. Create a System

Have you ever noticed that whenever you walk into a McDonald’s, the French fry machine is always to your left? 

This is because McDonald’s created a system. They have determined that the most efficient way to set up a kitchen is to always have the French fry machine on the left when you walk in.

You can do the same thing and just adapt it to your business.

Let’s say that you know that your most productive salespeople are making the most sales between the hours of 3 and 7 pm. If the other salespeople are working from 9 am to 4 pm, you can potentially increase productivity through something as simple as adjusting the workday.

Knowing how to measure productivity allows you to set up, monitor, and fine tune systems to maximize output.

4. Evaluate, Evaluate, Evaluate!

We’ve already touched on using these productivity numbers to evaluate and monitor your employees, but don’t forget to evaluate yourself using these same measurements.

If you have set up a system to track and measure employees’ performance, but you’re still not meeting goals, it may be time to look at your management style. After all, your management is a big part of the input side of our equation.

Are you more of a carrot or a stick type of manager? Maybe you can try being more of the opposite type to see if that changes productivity. Are you managing your employees as a group? Perhaps taking a more one-on-one approach would be a better way to utilize each individual’s strengths and weaknesses.

Just remember that you and your management style contribute directly to your employees’ productivity.

5. Use a Ratings Scale

Having clear and concise objectives for individual employees is a crucial part of any attempt to increase workplace productivity. Once you have set the goals or objectives, it’s important that your employees are given regular feedback regarding their progress.

Using a ratings scale is a good way to provide a standardized visual representation of progress. Using a scale of 1-5 or 1-10 is a good way to give clear and concise feedback on an individual basis.

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It’s also a good way to track long-term progress and growth in areas that need improvement.

6. Hire “Mystery Shoppers”

This is especially helpful in retail operations where customer service is critical. A mystery shopper can give feedback based on what a typical customer is likely to experience.

You can hire your own shopper, or there are firms that will provide them for you. No matter which route you choose, it’s important that the mystery shoppers have a standardized checklist for their evaluation.

You can request evaluations for your employees friendliness, how long it took to greet the shopper, employees’ knowledge of the products or services, and just about anything else that’s important to a retail operation.

7. Offer Feedback Forms

Using a feedback form is a great way to get direct input from existing customers. There are just a couple of things to keep in mind when using feedback forms.

First, keep the form short, 2-3 questions max with a space for any additional comments. Asking people to fill out a long form with lots of questions will significantly reduce the amount of information you receive.

Secondly, be aware that customers are much more likely to submit feedback forms when they are unhappy or have a complaint than when they are satisfied.

You can offset this tendency by asking everyone to take the survey at the end of their interaction. This will increase compliance and give you a broader range of customer experiences, which will help as you’re learning how to measure productivity.

8. Track Cost Effectiveness

This is a great metric to have, especially if your employees have some discretion over their budgets. You can track how much each person spends and how they spend it against their productivity.

Again, this one is easy to plug into the equation: Productivity = amount of money brought in ÷ amount of money spent.

Having this information is very useful in forecasting expenses and estimating budgets.

9. Use Self-Evaluations

Asking your staff to do self evaluations can be a win-win for everyone. Studies have shown that when employees feel that they are involved and their input is taken seriously, morale improves. And as we all know, high employee morale translates into higher productivity.

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Using self-evaluations is also a good way to make sure that the employees and employers goals are in alignment.

10. Monitor Time Management

This is the number one killer of productivity in the workplace. Time spent browsing the internet, playing games, checking email, and making personal calls all contribute to lower productivity[1].

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    The trick is to limit these activities without becoming overbearing and affecting morale. Studies have shown that most people will adhere to rules that they feel are fair and applied to everyone equally.

    While ideally, we may think that none of these activities should be done on company time, employees will almost certainly have a different opinion. From a productivity standpoint, it is best to have policies and rules that are seen as fair to both sides as you’re learning how to measure productivity.

    11. Analyze New Customer Acquisition

    We’ve all heard the phrase that “It’s more expensive to get a new customer than it is to keep an existing one.” And while that is very true, in order for your business to keep growing, you will need to continually add new customers.

    Knowing how to measure productivity via new customer acquisition will make sure that your marketing dollars are being spent in the most efficient way possible. This is another metric that’s easy to plug into the formula: Productivity = number of new customers ÷ amount of money spent to acquire those customers.

    For example, if you run any kind of advertising campaign, you can compare results and base your future spending accordingly.

    Let’s say that your total advertising budget is $3,000. You put $2,000 into television ads, $700 into radio ads, and $300 into print ads. When you track the results, you find that your television ad produced 50 new customers, your radio ad produced 15 new customers, and your print ad produced 9 new customers.

    Let’s plug those numbers into our equation. Television produced 50 new customers at a cost of $2,000 (50 ÷ 2000 = .025, or a productivity rate of 2.5%). The radio ads produced 15 new customers and cost $700 (15 ÷ 700 = .022, or a 2.2% productivity rate). Print ads brought in 9 new customers and cost $300 (9 ÷ 300 = .03, or a 3% return on productivity).

    From this analysis, it is clear that you would be getting the biggest bang for your advertising dollar using print ads.

    12. Utilize Peer Feedback

    This is especially useful when people who work in teams or groups. While self-assessments can be very useful, the average person is notoriously bad at assessing their own abilities.

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    Just ask a room full of people how many consider themselves to be an above average driver and you’ll see 70% of the hands go up[2]! Now we clearly know that in reality about 25% of drivers are below average, 25% are above average, and 50% are average.

    Are all these people lying? No, they just don’t have an accurate assessment of their own abilities.

    It’s the same in the workplace. Using peer feedback will often provide a more accurate assessment of a person’s ability than a self-assessment would.

    13. Encourage Innovation and Don’t Penalize Failure

    When it comes to productivity, encouraging employee input and adopting their ideas can be a great way to boost productivity. Just make sure that any changes you adopt translate into higher productivity.

    Let’s say that someone comes to you requesting an entertainment budget so that they can take potential customers golfing or out to dinner. By utilizing simple productivity metrics, you can easily produce a cost benefit analysis and either expand the program to the rest of the sales team, or terminate it completely.

    Either way, you have gained valuable knowledge and boosted morale by including employees in the decision-making process.

    14. Use an External Evaluator

    Using an external evaluator is the pinnacle of objective evaluations. Firms that provide professional evaluations use highly trained personnel that even specialize in specific industries.

    They will design a complete analysis of your business’ productivity level. In their final report, they will offer suggestions and recommendations on how to improve productivity.

    While the benefits of a professional evaluation are many, their costs make them prohibitive for most businesses.

    Final Thoughts

    These are just a few of the things you can do when learning how to measure productivity. Some may work for your particular situation, and some may not.

    The most important thing to remember when deciding how to track productivity is to choose a method consistent with your goals. Once you’ve decided on that, it’s just a matter of continuously monitoring your progress, making minor adjustments, and analyzing the results of those adjustments.

    The business world is changing fast, and having the right tools to track and monitor your productivity can give you the edge over your competition.

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