Factors Affecting Employee Productivity


Employee productivity may be hard to measure, but it has a direct bearing on a company's profits. An employer fills his staff with productivity in mind and can get a handle on a worker's capabilities during the initial job interview. However, there are several factors on the job that help maximize what an employee does on the job. While employee compensation affects productivity, some factors may boost output without costing the company anything.


  • Pay is a part of it, but an employee needs to feel validated if he is to be productive. She needs to feel her work is worth something, and she needs to believe she is justly compensated. While good wages and benefits help, validation doesn't even have to be monetary. A simple 'thanks' can go a long way in making a worker feel valued.

A Stake In the Matter

  • Related to validation, an employee will be more productive when he can see where he fits in the big picture. He doesn't want to just be a cog in the machine. He needs to have a handle on the whole operation, which may be a plus because he may show he can do more than his job. He needs to know the supervisor will listen to his suggestions and ideas.

The Right Tools

  • It doesn't matter what these tools are, as long as they work. The employee will be more productive when she knows the job is doable with the tools the company gives her. This may mean office equipment that doesn't conk out during heavy periods, machinery that works well and procedures that are streamlined enough to get the job done without a lot of wasted effort.

Solid Management

  • Even the best workers will be frustrated if the boss is overwhelmed, and will slack off if the boss shows he can be taken advantage of. A dishonest or unreasonable supervisor will short-circuit productivity.


  • Workers do pay attention to their co-workers, and discontent can spread rapidly among an organization if some employees are negative or don't do their fair share. On the other hand, an enthusiastic work crew that helps one another out can make even a seemingly dead-end job pleasurable. If the work crew has minimal turnover, this lets the worker know his job probably won't disappear overnight.

Off the Job

  • If an employee enjoys his time off, gets rest, eats well and takes care of himself, he will have more energy to devote to the job. A happy home life usually translates into a happy work life, and problems at the home front usually clock in when the worker does.

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