How to Get Your Team Engaged and Achieving
As a person in a leadership position, you’re probably well aware that teamwork is the cornerstone of success in any organization. When everyone works together toward a shared goal, amazing results can be achieved. If you’re having trouble motivating your team to reach their full potential, it’s time to make a few changes. So what better time to take stock and improve than at the start of the New Year?
Make Communication a Priority
Effective communication is essential to the success of every team. As the team leader, you’re responsible for ensuring everyone has a clear understanding of shared goals. Everyone has to be on the same page to work together and ultimately achieve success. Take the time to learn the best way to communicate with each member of your team. People respond to various methods of communication: email, phone, face-to-face meetings, so make it a priority to learn how to reach your employees.
It’s inevitable that your team will have issues from time to time, make it a habit to discuss problems rather than sweeping them aside. Offering constructive feedback is a great way to help employees understand what they did right and where they need to improve. Share ideas for improvement and let everyone have a voice. When you solve problems together, you’re much more likely to reach a resolution that pleases everyone.
People feel more engaged and motivated to do their best on a project when they have a stake in it. Your team will be filled with empowered employees who find more productive ways to make your organization more efficient.
Inspire your team members to want to come into the office each day ready to do their best work. Get everyone excited about the goals you’re working toward by clearly defining your vision. People become inspired to reach their full potential when they feel like their work really matters. Knowing they’ve contributed to a project that makes a positive impact is the ultimate feeling of satisfaction. You can encourage this by treating everyone with respect and acknowledging a job well done. Sometimes it’s the smallest things that mean the most.
Create a culture of creativity, where people have the freedom to take risks and express their ideas. While they won’t always work out, it will serve as a valuable learning experience that will help them grow. Build trust by making yourself their advocate, proving you always have the best interests of your team members at heart. Acknowledge a job well done and provide opportunities to help your employees grow their skills. Promptly deal with unmotivated and unenthusiastic employees, as they have the ability to lower the morale of your entire team.
Work with your team members to create a strategy for success. Bring everyone together to share ideas and discuss the most effective ways to work together. Make sure everyone is clear on their individual roles and the importance their contributions have on the overall success of the team. Share your expectations for every team member, as you need each person to be focused and dedicated to doing their best work.
Set goals together as a team. When everyone works together to achieve a common goal, you’re able to implement your strategy much more quickly and efficiently. Creating actionable objectives to measure progress gives everyone a feeling of shared accountability. People have a much stronger sense of loyalty and commitment when they have a clear picture of how their work ties into the big picture.
When possible, encourage employees to collaborate with one another on projects, rather than working individually. Working together fosters a strong sense of team work and allows for a much higher quality finished product, as groups can pool their skills and focus on what each person does best.
Foster Employee Engagement
As a member of the management team, it’s your responsibility to motivate and inspire your employees. These people look to you for leadership, so make sure your actions are taking them in the right direction. Enjoy greater job satisfaction, heightened morale and higher retention rates when you have a team filled with engaged employees. What differences have you noticed between engaged and disengaged employees?