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Team filled with freeriders? Boost members’ productivity now!

Every team leader wishes to increase their team members’ productivity in order to maximise their task output. This may be a hard task for some as they cannot find suitable incentives to encourage members to work hard. We are thus going to share tips in this article to help you in this matter.



  1. Assign members to suitable tasks.


The first step in this lies in understanding the abilities of each member well. This can be done through observation and direct communication. We suggest asking directly when unsure. The idealistic scenario is to have each team member be able to work on a task which they enjoy and excel in, which can make them feel happier and more content. When they achieve good results in the task, they obtain a sense of accomplishment which may make them more enthusiastic in future work, thus boosting productivity even more. In reality, we understand that not every member may be able to find a task which they like every time. We therefore suggest at least assigning tasks to members which they do not hate, while treating the above scenario as a bonus. 


2.  Strengthen team bonding


Team bonding is essential for productivity in group projects. Without team bonding,           members may each work on their own matters with little communication between one another. This may cause a massive drop in efficiency as members may work in different directions or even duplicate tasks. Arguments may also break out which would definitely hinder the work progress. We therefore suggest holding team bonding activities such as weekly gatherings or dinners to provide members with chances to interact more and bond with each other. Team leaders should also actively encourage communication between members in projects and even host meetings to allow everyone to voice out their opinions related to the project to ensure that any disagreements or misunderstandings can be solved. A strong and deep bonded team would definitely have a much higher production efficiency than a weakly bonded one. 



3. Care for mental health of members



Good mental health is essential for work productivity. It would be hard for a person to work at his/her full potential if he/she is emotionally drained. Also, a single member’s negativity may act as the start of a chain effect to others as negativity can spread around just like positivity. Therefore, a good team leader should notice and show care for down members. Even when help cannot be provided directly, the idea that their team leader actually cares for their well being is already a big morale booster for many, and can provide them with incentive to overcome their current emotions and focus on the current task. If necessary, we can also provide them with timeout and rest sessions to allow them time to regroup and settle their emotions. The above practices all help team members work in a mentally healthy state, allowing the workplace environment to become a consistently positive and happy one. 


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