An unproductive team makes for unhappy employees and ultimately, poor business results. If this is the case, it is time to make some changes, consider what you need to do differently to motivate your team and boost performance. Being part of a great team, with everyone on the same page makes life easier for everyone involved. It will motivate the team to work towards their goals and create an enjoyable working environment. If nurturing a healthy team culture is important to your workplace then take a look at the following ways to boost team performance:
It starts at the top. A boost in your own productivity sets an example for your team, and this hard-working ethic can be infectious. There is nothing more de-motivating than a manager that sits back while they let everyone else get on with the work. Boosting your own productivity will not only boost the productivity of those around you which leads to increased business success, but it also makes for a happy team!
It is so easy to say “let’s have a meeting about this”, but meetings shouldn’t be the go-to whenever there is an important item to discuss. How many times have you sat in a meeting thinking “I don’t need to be here…”? They can be a waste of your employee’s productivity, which over time accumulates to a huge waste of resources. Only schedule meetings when it is absolutely necessary, and use your meeting time wisely. Start with a clear agenda, and end with clear actions, plus, only invite those who need to be involved.
How do you measure your team’s performance? Without any tangible data you do not know how well your team are performing, and you have no way of knowing if your strategies to boost performance have worked. Data can be a significant driver of individual and team performance as it helps employees be aware of their current achievements and provides a target for improvement.
Recognition of the big and small wins are equally as important. After all, it is the small wins that get you to those big ones. Celebrating these wins will bring the team closer together, encourage conversation, boost happiness and inspire the team to work towards the next goal. Celebrations don’t have to be big all the time, the key is to keep them frequent. Consider having an incentive programme in place so the team know what they are working towards. Knowing there is a light at the end of the tunnel might be the push that you team needs to boost productivity.
Work hard, play harder. One of the characteristics of high-performing teams is knowing when and how to have fun.Taking a break can sometime be the key to boosting productivity. It is easy to gauge is moral is dipping or if the team need to recharge and reconnect.Whether it is an evening down the pub or an official ‘team building’ experience, it should lead to a boost in creativity and encourage teamwork.
Everyone is different, we all have different strengths and weaknesses. One of the cornerstones of a good team leader is focusing on individual’s strengths, and bringing together a team of people that has a combined skillset to get the job done. This what makes working in a team so fantastic as you are pooling your best assets in to one place. It is this combined skillset that leads to greater productivity and getting the job done.
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