How To Improve Your Team's Efficiency With Just A Minor Change In Approach!
Did you recently get promoted and are now leading a team, or have you been hitting some bumps in the road with managing your team recently? Well, here’s some tips on how to effectively improve your relations with the team and increase overall efficiency and productivity!
For a good working environment, you have to trust in your team members. Give them the benefit of doubt that they know what’s best to do in their roles. If you’re a micromanager, you might disrupt their productivity or workflow because of the limited freedom you are giving them. Let them do their job, and oversee it once in awhile, if they’re making mistakes guide them, which brings us to our next point….
Coach and groom them into ideal workers, do not undermine your team member’s abilities. Mistakes will always be made, but with the right guidance, matters will resolve much more quickly than if you were to reprimand and drive them harder.
If a team member does exceedingly well, reward their efforts and make them feel like they’re appreciated. On the flip side, if they’re not up to standard yet, do not scold and reprimand them. Acknowledge their talents and sit down, have a talk with them on how both of you can put their talents to good use, and improve overall performance. This shows that you’re here to help and lead them to better horizons. It builds rapport and your team members will appreciate you and the organization much more.
4. Lead by example
Do not be a boss, be a leader instead. A boss tells his employees he wants something done and tells them to go do it. A leader on the other hand, shows his employees what he wants done and guides them on how to do it. To put it into perspective, a boss tells his employees to “go.”, whereas a leader says “let’s go”. The difference in mentality is where one commands and orders, and assumes that that he is above the rest; whereas the other nurtures and guides, and knows that his team members are just as important as him, like pieces in a jigsaw, together it forms a perfect picture and missing a piece means the picture is not complete.
When your team finishes a project, always remember that it was a group effort that got everybody to where they are. Do not take sole credit and assume it’s only your hard work, instead, credit everybody in the team and acknowledge that without even one person, you guys might not have been able to achieve what you have achieved now. It is not a one man party, it was a group effort that made it all possible.
Essentially, by putting these effects into action, your team members will feel more appreciated and motivated. Being a team player and having everyone’s best interest in mind will improve overall production and efficiency by a substantial margin. Remember, it is not “I” it is “we”, and there is no “I” in team!