“You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.”– Jim Stovall
Employees are the most valuable asset of any company. They have great value, and as such, deserve respect and an employer who helps them develop and learn new skills. Beneficial for the employees and the business.
So how do you accomplish this?
In my opinion, communication is the most important. Your interaction with your employees has to be clear and concise all the time. It is imperative that everyone understands the details and their responsibilities. What is the project, when is it to be completed, who are they working with, who is in charge and how they communicate with you and others involved in the project.
Work to develop an environment where your employees trust you. Have an open-door policy letting them understand that you are there to talk and listen to any concerns they may have. Have open two-way conversations that are productive. If they need extra help, do not understand the direction of the project, or what they are responsible for, you need to know. Without a clear understanding they will not be productive, the project may not be on time, or may need to be done over.
Assign tasks according to the abilities of your employees. Explain the project to everyone as a group and also take the time to break down everyone’s part. Make sure they understand and revisit each person’s progress often. Clarify any questions or concerns.
Praise your employees often when appropriate. Let them know they are a valuable part of the team. They will work harder, knowing they are appreciated.
It is crucial for everyone to prioritize the tasks each day. Show them how you organize and plan out your day. Ask and encourage them to do the same and explain the value of doing so. This provides a structure to each day, which will be productive for everyone.
As part of prioritizing the workday, you should also plan and schedule the work assignments. It is more effective if you and your employees are working on, and completing, the most difficult tasks early in the day.
Monitor each employee’s progress to be sure they are not falling behind. When that happens, they can become overwhelmed and unproductive. As part of the open door policy, make it very clear to everyone that they can come to you for help and that you will appreciate them when they do.
Never be harsh to your employees. Do not put them down, or talk to them in a demeaning way, or angry voice. It is none productive. Sometimes there is a reason to be disappointed and upset. Take a breath, step back for a moment, and then proceed. When handled appropriately, a bad situation can be a growth opportunity. All your employees will be appreciative that you handle issues in that way.
Encourage employees to work together, share ideas, and make suggestions to improve the project. Schedule a specific time for everyone to get together with you to talk and evaluate. Be open to their recommendations, even when it isn’t quite what you were envisioning. Encourage them to be creative. The result will be a better environment for the growth of your employees and your business. It is a win-win!
These are some of many ways you can develop and build a productive, cohesive, and confident team. Make your business more productive by developing a well-rounded team.
“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”– Andrew Carnegie