Every Founder wants his/her team to use their talents to the fullest capacity. But realistically, it’s not possible for this to be done 100 percent of the time; everyone has ups and downs in their work output, and any team member is bound to go through a brief dip in productivity from time to time.
As a boss, it’s your job to help your team to come out of all the ups and downs and bring out performance levels back to their peaks.
Improving team productivity is beneficial for both, the organization and the team. This helps in growth and improvement for all.
Here is a list of 8 ways Founders can build a stronger team and improve the productiveness,
1. Set Team Goals
Setting team goals is the backbone of every good management strategy. But while project goals, yearly performance metrics, and department-wide deliverables are all great motivators, they can also be hard to relate to on a daily basis.
So, work with your team to determine some immediate goals. They can be work-related, or they can even be goofy things like reaching a team bagel consumption goal or competing to find the weirdest daily news story. Giving the team something to work toward in the short-term (and rewarding them with prizes) is a great way build excitement.
2. Confront Frustrations Head On
Even with well-deserved compliments and concrete goals to work toward, it’s completely normal for your team members to experience moments of low team morale. But instead of waiting for these periods to naturally pass, use moments of frustration to seek feedback and look for solutions. Proactively find out from your team members why they’re feeling down and what you could do to better manage them. These conversations can be awkward at first, but they’re also a great way to get honest and helpful feedback.
To break the ice, try sharing a personal story about a time you were feeling frustrated with your workload or with a past manager. Also emphasize to each employee that you’re seeking her help in boosting team morale, and encourage her to make suggestions on how to improve the team dynamic.
3. Empower your employees
Empowerment is the key to making people efficient. It makes teams happy, and if they’re happy, they produce higher-quality work and are more productive. Let employees have their own strategy and goals — leave it up to them. They don’t need to come to you and ask a million questions. This approach empowers teams to think long-term, and not tactically about the day-to-day.
4. Implement the right technologies
In today’s world, where workforces are often decentralized … creating powerful communications channels is incredibly vital to individual employee success. With a collaborative platform, managers can communicate with their teams with action items they can use to validate comprehension, allowing for a fully closed-loop communications solution to drive engagement and performance.
5. Learn from each other
When managing a group of people, it’s crucial to remind your team that it’s made up of individuals who bring diverse skills to the group. This, of course, applies to workplace skills—Excel, PowerPoint, public speaking—but don’t forget about the perhaps under utilized creative talents of your employees.
Every few weeks, try hosting a rotating “skillshare” (you can base it on the Skillsharemodel of learning anything from anyone) where a team member presents an untapped skill to the entire group. You never know—you might have a secret wine connoisseur, art history buff, or mini golf champ among you! Encouraging people to share their talents and interests will not only give them a chance to work on something they’re really excited about, it’ll also help the group to unwind together.
6. Go For Random Acts of Kindness
When new hires join the team, ask them to fill out a short questionnaire about their “favourites” (favourite candy, favourite flower, favourite magazine, favourite sports team). Keep this information on file, and use it when people could use an extra pick-me-up.
When someone’s been working late all week, surprise him with his favorite candy on Friday. Or, on someone’s birthday, get her a bouquet of her favorite flowers. Everyone appreciates random acts of kindness, but these gestures are more meaningful if you’ve put time into investigating and remembering gifts that they’ll actually enjoy.
7. Don’t Disrupt Schedules
Office morale often suffers if team members are feeling like they can’t meet their personal, social, or family obligations outside of work. As a manager, you should set up your team for professional success—but also help team members achieve goals in their personal lives.
An easy way to do this is to talk regularly with your team about their preferred weekly schedules. Find out which employees have standing appointments—book club on Wednesday evenings, yoga at 6 PM on Tuesdays, breakfast with a mentor on Mondays—and make it priority to accommodate those schedules. No, you won’t be able to work around everyone all the time, but if you’re helping your team members maintain a happy life outside of work, they’ll bring a better attitude to the office.
8. Do not pass on the stress of new challenges on your team members
Stay motivated and keep them motivated.