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I would like to know some measures that can help us increase the employees' productivity. Kindly suggest some tools or HR practices that can help.
We are a 5-year-old IT product start-up based in Bangalore.

From India, Kochi
Dinesh Divekar

Dear Radhika Bhardwaj,

Nice to know that you wish to measure the productivity of your staff. The essence of HR lies in improving the productivity of human resources. You are living to that essence. Great!

There are no special measures for the IT industry as such. Traditional productivity measures like single-factor productivity, multiple-factor productivity, and labour productivity are perfectly applicable to your industry as well. However, as these originated in the manufacturing sector and as the IT professionals have a firm belief that their industry is different, they are disinclined to accept these measures.

A few measures related to IT are as below:

a) The number of codes written per day per person
b) Accuracy of the codes in %

However, these are the KPIs. These are not productivity measures. There is a difference between the measures of productivity and KPIs. The productivity is measured for the:

c) Organisation
d) Department and
e) Individual

Measuring productivity is a time-consuming process. It requires a thorough study of the systems and processes of each department. Furthermore, it requires a thorough study of each position as well.


Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore

Hi Radhika,
Improving employee productivity is crucial for the success of any organization, especially in a dynamic industry like IT. Here are some tools and HR practices that can help enhance productivity in your startup:

Project Management Software:
Utilize tools like Asana, Trello, or Jira to streamline project management, set deadlines, and track progress.

Communication and Collaboration Tools:
Implement tools like Slack, Microsoft Teams, or Zoom for seamless communication and collaboration among team members, especially if your team is working remotely.

Time Tracking Software:
Tools like Toggl or Harvest can help employees track their time, identify bottlenecks, and improve time management.

Automation Tools:
Implement automation tools such as Zapier or Microsoft Power Automate to automate repetitive tasks, saving time and reducing errors.

Cloud-based Document Management:
Google Workspace or Microsoft 365 can facilitate easy sharing and collaboration on documents, ensuring everyone is working on the latest version.

Employee Monitoring Software (with consent):
Tools like Hubstaff or Time Doctor can help monitor work hours, track productivity, and identify areas for improvement.
HR Practices:

Flexible Work Arrangements:
Consider offering flexible work hours or remote work options to accommodate different work preferences and improve work-life balance.

Regular Training and Skill Development:
Invest in continuous training programs to keep employees updated on the latest technologies and trends, enhancing their skills and efficiency.

Performance Reviews and Feedback:
Conduct regular performance reviews to provide constructive feedback and set clear expectations. This helps employees understand their roles better and align with organizational goals.

Employee Recognition Programs:
Implement recognition programs to acknowledge and reward employees for their achievements. This boosts morale and motivates them to maintain high productivity levels.

Well-being Initiatives:
Prioritize employee well-being through wellness programs, mental health support, and initiatives that promote a healthy work-life balance.

Clear Communication Channels:
Establish transparent communication channels to ensure that everyone is aware of company goals, expectations, and changes. This fosters a sense of belonging and alignment.

Goal Setting and KPIs:
Set clear, measurable goals for individuals and teams. This helps employees understand their priorities and contributes to a more focused and productive work environment.

Collaborative Decision-Making:
Involve employees in decision-making processes, especially those that affect their work. This fosters a sense of ownership and engagement.

The effectiveness of these measures can vary based on your company culture and the specific needs of your employees. Regularly reassess and adapt these tools and practices to ensure they align with your startup's evolving goals and the changing needs of your workforce.

From India, Bangalore
Ram K Navaratna

Dear Professionals

Very good discussions and valid explanations and suggestions by two Senior experts. of the field.
Using the available resources maximum output to be derived by all available means. One of the area is AI tools. This may also add to efficiency and speed ultimately help for productivity

Let this discussions continue with still more contributions by the experienced field professionals


Ram K Navaratna
HR Resonance

From India, Bangalore
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