Team management: 7 ways to get your team to work as one

HR Insight

Team management is crucial to achieving company business goals while also retain your talents for the long haul.  

After the long hiring processes, now you’ve already assembled a great team of talents. Teams that work closely together can increase workplace productivity and create a more cohesive company culture. Part of your team’s future success depends on how well you can manage these peers, who have different personalities, experience levels, and interests. How to let everyone can utilize their strengths and recognize fairness while ensuring no one left behind?  

Check out our 7 tips below to enhance your team management techniques:

Set realistic goals

If you want to start a new project or make a change in the team objective, make sure that you set realistic goals and expectations. Consider all resources you’ll need to achieve the goals, such as your budget or the workload of members who will get involved. With big projects that might overwhelm your team, find ways to break it down to minor achievable tasks. It can take more time to complete, but each little success during the process will be a great encouragement for the team.

Know the real motivators

Monetary compensation is attractive, but it does not suit all to a tee. In fact, you can boost the team’s work motivation with professional development opportunities, extra paid leave or even verbal recognition of their hard work and impact toward the business growth. Attempt to find out what really motivates each individual and then you can use your understanding to spur the team through the rough time.

Explain the reasons

Your employees should know the reason for any changes in the company’s goals, visions, policies or activities. It’s not easy to deal with a challenge if they don’t see why they need to do it. Hence, paint the big picture and expressly explain the ideas behind your business strategy, also how their efforts will contribute to the overall success.

Give positive feedback

Don’t just focus on problems and criticize your employees with all negative feedback in the performance appraisal. Continuously throw cold water on their work only put them off work. Instead, notice their performance and send them positive feedback for their excellence at work to boost their confidence and dedication in the future. You will as well find this is a good and simple way to build a better employee retention strategy for your business.

Delegate jobs rightly

People tend to work harder and engage more in their roles when they’re working with their best interests and strengths. As a manager, be an observant to identify your teammates’ best area and wisely delegate the tasks that suit their skillset. For example, if a colleague in your HR Department has an interest or previous experience at the headhunting service, you can let them manage the working process with headhunters.

Get to know your team personally

While you don’t have to be best mates to excel in team management, getting to know your colleagues on a personal level can help build much better team rapport. Arrange time outside of work for lunch, organize happy hour sessions or volunteer works to help your team get to know the others in the comfortable real-life scenarios. They would communicate and work with each other better, also create a stronger bond between team members.

Be a model

When you’re a manager, your team will take their cue from you, from behaviors, attitudes to work ethic. You will have a great impact on your team performance and culture. So, if you expect the team to be strictly punctual, show up on time yourself. Otherwise, they will start to question your management skills as a leader.

Bottom line

Have a team in hand is a challenge to all managers, even though you’re new to the role or a seasoned leader. However, with your effort and help from these little secrets, you’ll soon find yourself effectively leading your team to success.

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