What hinders productivity? In most organizations, it’s people, their attitudes and actions that will determine performance and productivity. People are critical to success.

It’s people who interact with each other and the systems that are in place to get the job done.

When both leaders and employees or volunteers are aligned with the mission of what needs to happen and the vision of what they want that effort to ultimately achieve and when they are committed to give it their very best, there is no limit to what might be possible. When that is not the case, a downward spiral is sure to result, either in one area or across the organization, cause, project or program.

Over the course of my coaching, I’ve observed a lot of things that can contribute to dropping productivity and performance. Here are some of them.

What Hinders Performance and Productivity in Leaders?

  • Lack of results
  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Lack of planning
  • Changing priorities
  • Lack of commitment
  • Not the right fit
  • Unclear of the “big picture”
  • Lack of team work
  • Micro management
  • Not listening
  • Ownership and therefore accountability
  • Lack of leadership skills
  • Poor character
  • Not being supported by the team
  • Too far removed from day-to-day
  • Unwillingness to empower others
  • Personal or family issues
  • Not taking ownership for the team
  • Team conflicts
  • Poor communication
  • Entitlement

What Hinders Performance and Productivity in Employees or Volunteers?

  • Unclear expectations
  • Lack of leadership
  • Unclear as to why it is important
  • Nothing to really motivate
  • Unable to perform
  • Lack of clear measurements
  • Unreliable
  • Doesn’t feel valued
  • Victim mentality
  • Lack of personal leadership
  • Poor character qualities
  • Not aware of the “big picture”
  • Definition of role and responsibilities
  • Under expectation
  • Lack of training
  • Lack of recognition
  • Personal or family issues
  • Lack of coaching and development

People matter. That’s the bottom line. And if we want to maximize productivity and performance, we must pay attention to the people. Or … we must take a good look at ourselves. (An executive coach can help.) Get that right and so many other things will follow.