Regardless of how productive and efficient your team is, there are more ways you can use to make it even more efficient and productive. This needs to be done in a manner that does not appear as if all you care about is attaining the bottom line, it should be done in such a way that they feel you care about them too. If you simply bark orders at your team, you obviously don’t expect them to be the most productive lot. This is mainly because they are not a happy team, to begin with. Below are some highly effective ways of boosting team spirit, increasing your team’s productivity and efficiency while actively being a part of it and not just the boss.
Most people waste a lot of time trying to do everything by themselves. They are usually under the impression that if they perform all duties as individual they will save time and reduce room for errors. This is a very misguided notion; your teammates can take care of certain duties or activities efficiently. By allowing them to put their talents to use, you boost their confidence tremendously; this will have a positive effect on the productivity and efficiency of the team as a whole.
When you want to pass a message to your team, it is not enough to only use emails. Explore the wide variety of communication channels available to you including online collaboration tools and social media.
It goes without saying that every individual at work has his/her own strengths and weaknesses. The better you know your teammates the better you will be at matching them with tasks they are equal to. For example, if one of your teammates thinks outside the box, it would be wise to let him/her pitch new ideas to both prospective clients and secured clients.
It is human nature to want to work harder and better if we know there are rewards involved. While it is fortunate to have a job in these trying times, it is very thoughtful and nice to be rewarded for a job well done now and then. This works to boost the morale of your teammates and ultimately it improves the efficiency and productivity of the group.
As a team leader, your teammates look up to you for inspiration and encouragement. Once as a team leader you fail at this fundamental duty, the effects can be devastating in terms of how the team works. As the leader, do not shy away from small jobs which you would normally assign to your teammates, get your hands dirty. By doing this you earn the trust and respect of your teammates and they will, in turn, reward you with the better work output.
The goals you set for your team to achieve should be realistic in nature. This means they are capable of being realized. If the team feels that the goals set are not attainable, they are definitely not going to work in an efficient manner. The team needs to clearly understand what the goals are and that these goals can be achieved through teamwork.
Written by: Muzzamil