Are you the leader of a team that you think could be performing better? Whether you’re new in post or have been managing the same team for years, there are some important things you can do to improve your team’s performance for quarter two and beyond. Work through the steps below to ensure there are no obstacles in the way of your team achieving the greatness of which it’s capable!
Get the Right Tools in Place
Before doing anything else, you need to make sure your team has the right comms tools in place to facilitate great collaboration. This is especially important in today’s business world, with most businesses having some form of remote or hybrid staffing model in place.
Think carefully about what your team needs to work smarter. A team collaboration app, for example, could be an effective means of keeping everyone connected and on the same page, no matter where they’re based. Project management software can also be used to allow every member of your team to view task dependencies and manage workload on an individual and a group level.
Effective Goal Setting
Next: get into the habit of routinely setting goals and measuring how far they’ve been successful. This should be a team enterprise, so bring every employee on board when it comes to goal creation.
Use the SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) approach to check those goals are appropriate, and think about the key metrics you’ll consistently deploy to assess progress toward them. Proper goal setting is an easy way to boost your team’s performance: it allows employees to feel empowered via individual ownership and boosts engagement and motivation, the key to hitting those targets successfully.
As hard as it is, resist the temptation to micromanage your team as much as possible. As with effective goal setting, this will empower your staff members, raising productivity and boosting morale – it’s also been associated with reducing staff turnover.
To get started, try delegating tasks you may have previously held onto, assigning them in a way that plays to employees’ strengths, interests, and career progression goals. Set clear expectations regarding the task, including timescales and dependencies, and then…step back.
Taking steps to find out how employees prefer to be managed is also a good way of improving the motivation and performance levels of your team. You may be surprised at the positive impact slightly tweaking your managerial style for different employees can have.
Rethink Your Meeting Schedule
There are few things more frustrating for employees and more detrimental to productivity than a regular slew of unnecessary meetings. While it’s important to conduct regular one-to-ones and team meetings, always assess the necessity of a meeting before sending out the invites and agenda. If the information can be just as easily relayed via email, then go down this route instead of holding a meeting.
Where a meeting is necessary, always have a clear agenda with actionable points, ensure only the people who are definitely needed are invited, and limit its duration to an hour, maximum.
Consider Using a Time Tracking Tool
Time tracking tools are a useful way to increase your team’s performance as they allow you to quickly identify areas where time isn’t being used as efficiently as it could be. This, in turn, will help you to prioritize tasks, manage workload and its spread, and reassign staff members as necessary.
Time-tracking tools are really helpful when it comes to planning and scheduling, too: when you’re creating or costing up a new project, for example, the data will give you the ability to do so much more accurately.
Deploy Automation Tools
Boost performance and productivity significantly by bringing on board one of the huge range of automation solutions – this will free up staff time, relieving employees of monotonous, repetitive tasks so they can get on with more important things.
Automation software and platforms can now help with everything from your payroll and HR processing to your accounting systems to your weekly marketing tasks. As well as giving you valuable additional digital manpower, your staff will also appreciate being relieved of some of these monotonous tasks so they can be assigned more creative, challenging work that better suits their skill sets.
Setting the Tone
One of the most important things you can do, as a manager, to improve your team’s performance is to lead by example. A recent study revealed that how managers behave accounts for a 70% variance in employee engagement and performance. Remaining calm under pressure, soliciting feedback from your team members as well as giving it, and modeling transparency can deliver profound change, up-leveling your team’s performance and productivity and making for a happier workforce.
Boosting Your Team’s Performance for a Profitable Quarter Two
Go through the above steps to make a tangible impact on your team’s performance and create a positive, proactive workplace culture. Promote a system of two-way feedback wherever possible to further motivate your team and boost engagement: the idea is to develop and nurture a team in which everyone feels able to contribute and share their ideas for long-term, sustainable results.