11 Ways to Improve IT Staff Productivity

A recent feature in CIO magazine identified 11 strategies for improving IT employees' productivity.

  1. Set goals, and then break the goals down into achievable steps to be divided and accomplished by individual staffers or teams.
  2. Provide all team members with the big-picture goal and the role each team member plays.
  3. Wes Wright, CIO of Seattle Children's Hospital, offered this tip: invest in the best IT tools to help staff do their best work.
  4. Dedicate time to streamlining the workflow and removing unnecessary tasks.
  5. Hold regular team meetings to ensure everyone is on the same page, but hold meetings no more than once per week.
  6. Trust employees to do their job with minimal supervision — don't micromanage.
  7. Provide as much real-time feedback as possible to correct problems quickly and give employees ownership of their work.
  8. Schedule times during the day with no inter-office messaging or meetings, to allow employees to focus solely on their projects.
  9. Offer bonuses for employees who meet certain performance goals.
  10. Offer advancement opportunities, both to take advantage of individuals' skills as well as show the whole department promotions are possible.
  11. Offer free food and snack breaks, like Google does.

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