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4 Ways to Keep Employees Motivated and Productive

4 Ways to Keep Employees Motivated and Productive

In a startup, productivity is the lifeblood of the company. Unlike enterprise level corporations where there can be a little more flexibility, startups have concrete milestones that must be met in order to succeed. Getting work done and meeting deadlines is critical and at a startup you have much more at stake.

Often, management will try to increase employee productivity by cracking the whip, upping the pressure and encouraging long hours, but this will not boost performance or effectiveness. As the founder of three startups, I’ve come across this challenge several times and have picked up a few tips on motivating employees in what can be a stressful, fast-paced environment.

  1. If its not a sprint if you don’t stop running -It’s simple: Employees can’t be effective if they are never able to let up on the gas — they will inevitably burn out.
  2. Treat your employees like investors -Another way to increase productivity is to make your employees feel valued by sharing the same information with them that you share with investors.
  3. Don’t plan to capacity, change is good -In a rapidly changing business environment, startups need to be able to pivot on a dime.
  4. Use a timeline instead of a dashboard -Make sure you are using timeline-based tools to communicate with employees. Tools like HipChat and Skype for Business give employees a more holistic view of the workflow.

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