Did you know boosting employee engagement can boost productivity by up to 22%? At least that’s what the numbers say, according to Gallup’s latest “State of the American Workplace” national poll. But that’s not all. Based on the data, the global analytics firm also found that disengaged employees cost the U.S. between $483 billion and $605 billion each year in lost productivity. Even worse, the findings assert, more than 70% of the U.S. workforce aren’t happy at their jobs.
What does this information mean for your landscaping business? Reflecting on these numbers, it might be time to ask yourself if the current trend of presenteeism—employees showing up at work while not capable of performing productively—is impacting your bottom line.
If so, how much? Without an accurate tool for measurement, it’s challenging to know for sure.
But the good news is if your company is suffering from employee disengagement, there are simple steps you can take to reverse—and even possibly capitalize on—this costly problem. Besides providing insight into the staffing issues affecting engagement and productivity, a software-based business management platform can help you gain visibility and increase control over the internal elements and processes that influence your company’s profitability.
How? Let’s take a look.
Improved data accessibility helps streamline business processes and boost employee engagement
When it comes to productivity, it’s no secret that your team’s initiative and pride levels can have a direct effect on both job quality and output. To that end, slow and outdated business processes can exasperate employees and make it challenging for them to do their jobs effectively.
On top of having to continually compensate for communication breakdowns and bottlenecks, time spent chasing down up-to-date, accurate information on estimates, customers, project timetables, and invoicing can cause your employees to feel like they are running in circles rather than accomplishing their goals.
Even worse, these issues can negatively impact how employees feel about their jobs and their employers. If left unchecked, these frustrations can lead to more substantial problems as employees commit to showing up and habitually tuning out.
However, on the flip side, there are several simple strategies you can use to empower employees and eliminate inefficiencies that hinder growth within your organization. Aside from staying aware of the problems that impact your team’s morale, using intuitive and predictive business management software can help you identify choke points and streamline your company's processes to prevent obstacles, encourage autonomy, and improve company-wide engagement.
Increased transparency helps drive individual performance and maximize team potential
Speaking of encouragement, who wouldn’t welcome a bit of friendly competition? Besides using software to gain critical insights into company performance, you can also leverage business management systems to influence individual growth and foster team collaboration.
Along these lines, demonstrating organization support and appreciation for employees can go a long way towards forging bonds of loyalty and trust. However, at the same time, showing employees exactly how their everyday efforts contribute to your company’s success can help employees realize their potential and encourage higher levels of personal and peer performance.
Beyond providing employees with a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how their numbers stack up against other divisions or crews, business management software can help reveal which team members may be struggling with their roles. In turn, having access to this information can alert management of the need for better support and on-the-job guidance. Over time, this evolutionary employee-driven cycle of goodwill and high performance can not only help you develop a team of dedicated, dependable, and highly capable employees but also accelerate company-wide momentum.
Improved visibility helps establish standard practices and promotes accountability
Holding your employees accountable to expected job performance criteria is a benchmark of any successful landscaping company. However, this accountability assumes they have access to business process and task management data. Business management software excels in this area.
Aside from enabling you to establish standard operating procedures within your organization, the leading business management systems can help you institute a system of checks and balances to convey company-wide expectations and ensure compliance.
That said, if there is an issue, your staff can quickly step up to identify and resolve the problem. Empowering your staff in this way results in higher employee engagement levels as even complex issues are resolved promptly and respectfully.
The right business management software can do much more than deliver the data you rely on to make better decisions for operating and growing your business. Besides providing real-time visibility into company analytics, intuitive and adaptive software can help you see beyond the numbers and make changes to improve team collaboration, empower engagement, and maximize effectiveness across your entire business.
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