A lot of us have aspirations of advancing our careers to a managerial position, but with little understanding of what the job actually entails. Effectively managing employees is a role that’s often misunderstood.
How productive an employee is throughout the work day is directly related to how happy
they are with their job. That might sound simple and obvious, but there are a lot of complicated factors that contribute to that overall happiness. One of the best ways to increase productivity at work is to build effective teams of employees who are all working together to accomplish goals. When employees feel supported and motivated by their peers, they’re likely to have improved performance. Below, we’re sharing four secrets on how to build the kinds of teams that employees genuinely want to be a part of. Read on to learn more.
1. Have a Clear Mission
Human nature leads people to work harder for a cause that they believe in. Regardless of what your business does, that’s an important thing to keep in mind when building effective teams. You want to be able to share a clear mission statement with your employees so that they have an understanding of what they are putting in all of their hard work for. Maybe they’re solving a problem or improving a process or simply building the reputation of the company. Find what will be motivating to them, and build your mission statement around that.
2. Select the Right People
Grouping employees together into smaller teams requires some insight into how they work best. You want to create a team that’s diverse with different personalities and different styles of workers.
At the same time, you don’t want teammates to be so different and contradictory that they can’t agree enough to get anything done. Selecting people for a team is a balancing act, and it may take some trial and error to get right.
3. Orient Employees Properly
When you create a team of several employees, you want to give them a clear understanding of what they’re doing and why you selected them specifically to accomplish that task. Preparing a thorough orientation is a smart way to kick-off any new team project. It will give you an opportunity to share your rationale and will give your employees an opportunity to ask any questions of their own.
4. Check in Often
In an ideal world, you would build a perfect team on the first try every time. They would be effective, work well together, and get along. Of course, no office is an ideal world. You may not get the team structure right on the first try. Regular workplace communication
–both with the team as a whole and with individuals–will help you get a sense of how effective the team actually is. You’ll get a sense of what’s working and what isn’t, and can make adjustments as appropriate.
Ready to Start Building Effective Teams?
Putting together a smart team of productive employees can help you grow your business overall. Thinking carefully about how you’re grouping co-workers together will make a big difference in your long-term success. For more information on how to improve the effectiveness of your business, give our product a try!