Your team started off strong. But lately, things have been going downhill fast. Productivity isn’t what it used to be and you need to make some changes. If you don’t know where to start, here are some tips to help you:
Make sure you’re praising your people.
As one of the leading placement firms in Connecticut, Stewart Staffing knows that one of the biggest reasons employees grow disengaged over time is because they don’t feel like valued members of the team. You might assume they know how much you appreciate their hard work. But in most cases, they probably don’t. So make sure that going forward you work harder to recognize your team and their job well done.
Get to know your people on a more personal level.
Each of your staff members is different – and responds to different types of motivation and management techniques. From introverts and extroverts to those who need more handholding and others who like autonomy, it can feel like an overwhelming task to manage each one individually. But the secret to it is making sure that you get to know each of them on a more personal level. Understanding what makes them tick will help you to get them back on track and more productive.
Don’t be a micromanager.
One of the biggest challenges for managers – especially those who are new to the field – is learning how to be hands off when it comes to managing. If, however, you’re more of a micromanager, then your employees are going to grow disillusioned and frustrated. That’s why it’s important to provide a clear vision, then step back to see how your team makes it happen. If you need to correct course, then do so. But don’t try to do the work for them.
Explain the why.
When employees don’t understand the bigger picture and where they fit in, it’s easy for them to fall short. But when you explain “the why” behind their jobs – and the impact it has on the team overall – they’ll feel more important, and also understand the role they play and why it matters.
Have a clear vision.
Finally, in order to keep your team motivated and on target, you need to have a strong vision. If employees don’t know where they’re going, they’re never going to be able to get there. So share your vision often so they understand what they’re driving toward.
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