You have a good team that works hard and delivers results in time. But you feel it can do better. And why not? No matter how good a team is, there’s always room for improvement. There is, however, one question – how do you go about it? Here are a few tips that can help you transform your team into a great one.
Manage group dynamics effectively
Managing a team also means managing team participation. Everyone knows that all members of a team are not alike. While some are more vocal, others prefer to remain quiet during meetings and discussions. The trick is to encourage quieter people to voice their opinion and ensure that people who have a lot to say don’t dominate the conversation. Create opportunities where everyone can take part. This will make the employees feel empowered and they will be inspired to contribute more.
Promote team bonding efforts
People working in the same team need to bond well. Though one doesn’t expect great camaraderie among team members, there needs to be some amount of synergy among them for the team to be more productive. Team building efforts go a long way in reinforcing team cohesion. Many companies have realised this and have incorporated such activities in their schedules. A technology giant, for instance, hosts TGIF happy hours at 4 pm every Friday where employees get a chance to unwind and socialise with each other.
Boost your team’s skills
In today’s competitive work environment, employees need to be on their toes to stay ahead of the game. Motivate employees to keep on developing their skills. You can also help them by training them in areas in which they are lacking. A well-designed training programme can significantly improve performance and the productivity of the team.
Make meetings interesting
Team meetings are inevitable. But they needn’t be boring. State the purpose of the meeting and stick to it. Start the meeting on time, keep it short and ensure that it produces something of value – be it a new set of goals, a new business plan, or appraisal policy.
Time management is the key
When Benjamin Franklin said, “Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today”, he had a point. When team members start procrastinating, productivity goes downhill. To stay on track, it is important to plan the day and work accordingly. Ask team members to make a to-do list, set daily goals and make sure these targets are achieved.
Set attainable goals
When it comes to setting goals, there is no need to be overambitious. Set only achievable targets. Otherwise, the team members would burn out and feel demoralised when they cannot achieve them. Also, remember, setting goals is a collaborative process and team members should be encouraged to chip in. Widely successful companies usually follow a goal-setting framework known as OKRs (Objectives and Key Results). They set one goal which is then broken down into several measurable targets that need to be achieved within a certain period.
Recognise good work
One of the best ways to boost employee morale and performance is to appreciate good work. Recent studies have found that recognition sometimes works better than money in improving performance. So, don’t be stingy when it comes to praising team members for their work. At the same time, give effective feedback in a constructive manner to employees and encourage them to perform better.
Building a successful team requires dedication, commitment, and hard work. It is also important to constantly motivate and encourage team members to give their best. By following the tips shared above, you can have a positive impact on your team’s efforts and inspire members to improve the team’s performance.