Teams are the lifeblood of any business. In order for a business to succeed, the needs of the employees need to be taken care of. While a business of course needs to remain profitable to sustain itself, it also needs to take care of its employees to sustain itself. This balance needs to be achieved in a number of different ways. You will need to find that balance within your own team by effectively managing their expectations and tending to their needs. You also want to make sure that business goals are met and exceeded depending on what is possible. With that in mind, here is what you can do to improve your team management and take your business to new heights.
Use great management tools
Many businesses have gotten used to managing their team remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, that management does not have to be haphazard or chaotic. Depending on the type of business you run, there are many tools out there that can help you to better manage your team. For example, if you run a service-based business that requires you to send contractors to a person’s home such as plumbers or electricians, then you may want to consider service dispatch software to better organize your team. Using a software like this will help you to better schedule jobs and also give team members a better sense of how you can fit their schedules into your company’s operations.
Using digital tools like these are the best ways to oversee employees who are located in many different locations. By using a digital management tool, you can better keep track of where employees are at and message them if needed. You can also track the progress of their work and check in if anything needs to be addressed. You can also use these digital tools to hold yourself accountable to your team and make sure that you are accessible and reachable without having to use a long email chain or a protracted phone call.
Invest in team education and training
While you are, of course, paying team members to perform a job, you are also paying them to do the job as efficiently as possible. If you invest in your team’s education and training, you will help them to progress their careers and do better work for you. Team members, in turn, will be grateful for the paid training and education that you offer them and will likely stick around your organization longer. Employee churn is typically very expensive, and an organization needs to make sure that its churn rate is as low as possible and is not due to organizational or management issues. Investing in education is a key way to show how much you care about the success of your team both in your company and in their overall careers.
Cut unnecessary meetings
There will always be the need to have meetings. However, meetings don’t always to be meandering. All meetings, if needed, should have a clear agenda and a cloud-based documents for team members to take collective notes in order to create clear and actionable takeaways from the meeting. There should also be a clear idea of what the meeting is about to all team members beforehand so that they can adequately prepare and that the meeting can progress as quickly as possible.
In doing this, you’ll be able to keep track of the meeting and evaluate whether the meetings itself is necessary or not. For example, if you have a weekly 90 minute team meeting, you may find that it can be cut down to 30 minutes or done on an as-needed basis depending on what is needed. In this way, a company leader or manager can better involve the team in the decision-making process and make them feel like they are running meetings as a team and not being dictated to. This will help to improve team happiness and trust and increase your operational efficiency, which should be the goal of any business.