Do you look out of your office window and see a a productive team? Or has morale taken a hit and it looks like they are just going through the motions?
While its impossible to run at 110% capacity all of the time, you as the manage to ask yourself, are your team really being as productive as they could be?
If the answer to that question is no, then you have to look for ways to make your team more productive!
We put together a quick guide to kick start your team and make them productive again.
Empower The Team To Take Ownership Of Their Work
One sure fire way to boost productivity in your team is to make sure that they have a sense of ownership for their work. It is essential that you reinforce this ownership and responsibility time and time again. It can’t just be something you say once and then forget about.
A Manager can achieve this by having team members decide how they will tackle individual tasks and by giving them the freedom and flexibility to approach problems in the way that works best for them.
The team then needs to recognise that they are responsible for the success (or failure) of the task assigned to them. Seeing as no one likes to fail you should see the team step up to the challenge and as a result also see a life in productivity.
Provide Constructive and Meaningful Feedback
As a Manager your job is to support the growth and development of your team. One way to increase productivity within your team is to provide constructive and meaningful feedback. This should be done in such a way as to motivate them to improve, and feel empowered to do so.
Feedback should also be provided regularly. By getting into a consistent pattern your team will come to expect feedback, whether they have done a good or bad job. This reduces the chance that they take feedback suggesting ways to improve a particular process or job function as being negative and/or directed solely at them.
Support Them As Their Manager
As a Manager one way you can quickly and easily build productivity within your team is to show them that you are supportive of them and their work.For example, if they are having IT issues, you should take that up with the relevant department. If they are having any issues with stakeholders, you should take that up with those stakeholders.
The bottom line is that you should remove all roadblocks that could potentially stop them from achieving the goal. Removing the roadblocks improves their morale and motivation and gives you credibility as their manager.
Assist & Encourage Their Ongoing Professional Development & Training
People have inherently different skills and expertise. This creates an environment where everyone has something to contribute to the team or the professional development of those around them. Fostering this informal network of giving back and assisting one another helps build team comradre and can ultimately help lift productivity within your team.
Beyond that, you as a Manager, should support your teams formal training and development. If your staff see that you believe in their future (whether at the company or another organisation) they will feel as if their skills are appreciated. They will also see this investment in their future as recognition that you value the contribution they bring to the team and company.
Build A Team With A Diverse Skill Set
This in turn leads onto our next point that relates to how to improve productivity within your team. If you build a team with a diverse skill set they will compliment one another. Not only that but a 2015 McKinsey report on 366 public companies found that those in the top quartile for ethnic and racial diversity in management were 35% more likely to have financial returns above their industry mean, and those in the top quartile for gender diversity were 15% more likely to have returns above the industry mean.