Managing a team is of course going to be difficult from time to time. Everyone has different strengths, weaknesses and personality types and it’s up to you to get the best out of all your employees. Below are some top tips that can help make the life of a manager much easier as they can help you make better decisions about how you hire, manage and most importantly, succeed.
Model your team on an existing successful team
If you see a team at your company that works well together and achieves the results you desire, don’t feel too proud to ask their manager how they accomplished this. It’s worth bearing in mind that the exact strategy they use may not be appropriate or work for your team, but they could offer some great advice that you can experiment with to work out what does and doesn’t work for you.
Promote risk taking
With so many new companies being set up every day, one of the biggest challenges many face is staying competitive in their marketplace. One of the sure-fire ways of achieving this is through innovation but this can only be accomplished if you allow your team to take risks. When you take risks there is of course a chance of failure but don’t punish your staff when this happens. You’ll win some and you’ll lose some but promoting risk taking will create a company culture where big things can happen.
It’s important to reward your team as a group as well as for those extra special individual efforts. A team lunch, outing or party is a great way of rewarding your team when a big project has finished or they have achieved great results. It’s also important to recognise individual efforts as well so that others can aspire to be like them and work just as hard.
Know your team’s strengths and weaknesses
When you assign tasks to each member of your team, it’s vital to make sure that you’re playing to each of their individual strengths. By doing this, your employees will be more productive, you know that tasks will be carried out to a high standard and each individual will feel valued for their input.
Help with the workload
Assisting your team with their workload is beneficial for a number of reasons. Firstly, it shows your employees that you’re not afraid to get stuck in and contribute when needed – this will undoubtedly earn you their respect. Secondly, the last thing you want or need is a situation where one person in the team is doing much more work than everyone else because this will lead to stress and possibly even health issues.
It’s very important that each and every member of your team knows exactly what’s expected of them before you even hire them. This way they know what they’re supposed to be doing on a daily basis and what they should be working towards. There’s nothing worse than an employee who doesn’t understand protocol because they’ll feel lost and confused which will lead to them becoming unproductive and unfocused.