Whether you’re an entrepreneur or a manager at a large corporation — managing your team is the foundation of your success. Keeping your team productive, engaged, and happy is vital. Here are five tips to help you in this process:
1) Provide Praise & Recognition
Everyone appreciates praise for a job well done. If an employee performed well on a project, be sure to acknowledge their accomplishments, especially in front of others. People want to feel like they and the work they do is valued and recognized. Otherwise, it may seem like they are doing work for nothing or that someone else is receiving credit for their work. However, giving too much praise can be a negative as well. It’s key to strike a balance.
2) Give Constructive Criticism
It’s important to give feedback to employees. However, make sure that it’s constructive. Believe or not, people actually value feedback – just not when it is insignificant, disrespectful, or unnecessary. Constructive criticism should focus on what the employee can do better, not necessarily what he/she is doing wrong. Of course, feedback can be negative but it should be delivered in a way that encourages your employee to want to perform better.
3) Touch Base Regularly
While your schedule can be crazy, it’s important to not forget to touch base with those on your team. This makes sure that you are all aligned on the priorities for the short term. If people have a clear understanding of what needs to get done, they will be more efficient. Regular meetings also allow you to connect with those you manage and understand their needs.
4) Have an Open Door Policy
Communication is the key to teamwork. Keep your door open and encourage open communication. If your employees feel like they can’t come to you with questions or concerns, the more time they will waste trying to figure it out themselves. Employees are the most productive when they feel like they have the support they need to do their job.
5) Don’t Micromanage
While you may want to be in control on everything that is going on, it’s important for you to let your employees do their job — on their own. Micromanaging can actually lead to less productivity. Employees may feel like they are not in control of what they are doing. They will do as they are told, rather than coming up with big ideas.