No matter what kind of business you work for or what size your team is, managing a team can be stressful and difficult at times. If you work in the type of environment where your team works closely alongside one another on a daily basis, it is likely very important to you that everyone not only gets along but also works well together.
Hiring the right people is one part of what will make a strong team, but there are also a lot of other things you can do to make sure yours is the best. Here are some of the things you can do in a management position to strengthen your team.
Good communication is the key to most successes in life, and the workplace, especially at a management level, is no exception. Communicating well will help your marriage, your friendships, your stress levels, self esteem, and the strength of your team at work! Make sure to speak clearly and effectively and let everyone know exactly what it is you need from them and you will notice a difference in how smooth things run.
Another thing you can consider is introducing some form of corporate communications devices in order for yourself and your entire team to better communicate with the corporate side of things.
Make sure that all of your operations are streamlined in such a way that both you, your supervisors, and your employees are doing everything as efficiently as possible to ensure that every aspect of your business runs smoothly. Getting to this point together is a great team-building exercise in itself, but your team will be even stronger once everything is efficient.
Plan Things Outside Of Work
As long as you make it clear that attending outside of work functions is not mandatory, one of the things you can do as a manager is to invite your team to party or other type of hang out, either after work or on a weekend. Great ideas include bowling, picnics or BBQs, or a group hike. Sometimes getting into a different scenery and not having the stresses of the office works well to help team members better connect with one another, in turn strengthening the team as a whole.
Hire And Fire
As a manager, part of your job is to both hire and fire people, and each of these tasks can be daunting and stressful in their own ways. Hiring can be a nightmare because it is time consuming and you can often feel like you’ll never find the right candidate, and no one likes having to fire someone – for obvious reasons. But in order for you to have the strongest team possible, it is paramount that you become good at both of these things. After all, your team depends on it.
Being a good manager is no easy task, so give yourself a pat on the back. Everyone’s team can use a little improving every so often, but with the above tips, yours should be solid for years to come.