By: Patty DeDominic
You can Boost Productivity in your team by setting goals more collaboratively and clearly. They can make sure the leaders know not only the goals, but how to do their job and the tools which are available. Are you to limit or the inspiration for your team?
- Are YOU the stumbling point for your team leaders?
- Are YOU the one your team leaders and other employees turn to for leadership and guidance?
- Are YOU worried about the effectiveness of your own leadership skills or a decline in team productivity?
If you are the CEO, the founder or answered YES to any of the above we have some tips which you can begin implementing today to become more effective and help your team to stay motivated and productive. Here is what you need to do in order to boost workplace productivity, improve employee efficiency while also retaining their satisfaction, and most importantly, becoming a better and more competent employer.
The most surefire way to get the most out of your team requires you to set clear goals.
Organization and goal orientation are the pillars upon which any team working behind a product, brand, or service depends on in order to keep their feet firmly planted in the workforce.
You, as the the employer are the foundation on which these two pillars stand, making sure the whole structure doesn’t collapse on itself. As an employer, as the person whom all the team leaders and other employees within the workplace hierarchy turn to for leadership and guidance, it is imperative that you help your team set clear, straightforward goals. Set SMART Goals You know… The most surefire way to get the most out of your team requires clear goals.
Whether you set them,or better yet, they set the goals with your encouragement, you will want to help everyone stay focused on and accomplish these goals as smoothly, swiftly, and successfully as possible.
This requires you to get out of your employees’ way after you agree on the SMART goals. Yes, as their figure of authority you need to keep track of their progress but do so from a distance. Better yet, encourage them to keep their own score card and watch as they stretch and measure themselves. Constant intervention and strict supervision—in other words, being a “helicopter boss”—can actually slow down productivity and replace employee satisfaction with high levels of stress and anxiety, which can also be incredibly counterproductive.
Show them the target and watch your “archers” hit and create exciting new targets.
Your job is to reinforce company culture, remove roadblocks which they may not be able to and to praise their progress and celebrate the successes large AND small.
Once you set the clear goals for your employees, delegate but do not abdicate. This means that you should be a “moderate” supervisor. Don’t be too passive and lose track of your employees’ productivity, but don’t be too aggressive, as explained earlier. Both can be incredibly unproductive. Make sure that your employees know what their priorities are and how these priorities fit into their goals. Then follow up with your team every few days, early on in their projects and before the end if you do not have a weekly scrum. The frequency at which you follow up with your team varies with the importance of your goals or priorities, which is up to you to modulate and negotiate as needed with your team. Even lower level employees don’t need weekly supervision if they are trained, aligned with the company vision and culture and know what the goals are. Watch them zoom when they understand that you trust them and are counting on them.
Essentially, to be a better employer, and to improve productivity within your team of employees, you should inspect what you expect. Train to make sure they know how to do WHAT they are expected to do. Then get out of their way and lavish praise into your regular feedback.