Employee Productivity Tracking Part 1: The Importance of Tracking

Apr 20, 2015

Productivity MeterEmployees are the foundation of any business. Without a talented and motivated team, a company cannot thrive.

When it comes to your home technology business, your employees have a great deal of responsibility. While your employees are no doubt up to the task (they got the job after all), tracking their productivity is important.

Productivity tracking doesn't mean watching employees to make sure they are behaving. It means working with them to keep efforts at a high level and establish goals for improvement.

What Tracking Does for an Employee

The main focus of employee productivity tracking is to ensure that the employee goals align with those of the business. While you as an employer no doubt have established deadlines and goals for the company, it becomes the shared responsibility of the employees to ensure that objectives are met.

While even the best of your employees don't want to hear feedback on things that they can do better, they will be appreciative once they are aware. Additionally, they will put more focus on these areas of their performance that need improvement. But knowing where everyone stands will also make the line of communication clearer between you and your employees. By tracking their productivity levels and meeting with them personally, employees will grow more confident over time in their ability to relay concerns they have or problems they are finding in business operations. This is where performance reviews work both ways.

If an employee is failing in a particular area, maybe it's for a reason that isn't clear to you as the company head. You see missed deadlines, but maybe the employee sees confusing direction. By monitoring performance and highlighting areas that need work, both you and your employee can be on the same page as to why productivity is slacking, and more importantly, how to go about fixing it. This will help you develop common goals that each of you can work on, aligning your focus and the focus of the company.

What Tracking Does for the Company

Hearing feedback from your employees is always beneficial. While it is important for companies to maintain productivity tracking on an employee, the concept works both ways. Maybe you have instituted a policy that employees are finding too difficult or unrealistic. Maybe they have an alternate solution to the problem.

Once you and your employees are seeing eye-to-eye on what needs to be addressed, you will be able to eliminate many kinks in your processes that may have gone previously unrecognized. This will not only increase productivity, but will also make your company more efficient and reduce costs. With projects being completed in a more timely fashion and office functions being more streamlined, the business will accelerate in excellence.

Additionally, maybe you have an employee who needs very little improvement. In this instance, maybe you can learn something from that person and relay it to the rest of the company. Employee productivity tracking doesn't just isolate what isn't working; it finds out what is working as well.

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Common Goals

Once your company has put its performance tracking system in place, the business will start to work together more cohesively. Employees will know where they stand, and upper management will understand the daily routines of the workforce better. This will help bring the company together and make its performance stronger.

Additionally, there is no question that new goals will arise from productivity tracking. You will find room for improvement, and employees will too. This will then lead to everyone working together to establish new goals to help the company perform better as a unit, which is the ultimate goal anyway.

After the implementation of productivity tracking, your employees will start to see how they are working through issues better, and also how the company is becoming more efficient.



CEDIA blog posts are intended to provide general information and should not be regarded as legal opinions or advice.

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