As a leader in your business, it is critical to build a team that you trust, respect, and have confidence in. However, to achieve this, you must provide an environment conducive to these values and traits within your organization. Once you have found the right people to help you succeed, you must continue to work hard and commit to managing their goals and celebrating their accomplishments. So, today, let’s chat about some ways in which you can build and maintain a winning business team.
Commit to communication
For your team to be successful, communication is key. Establish positive and transparent communication among all your team members, at all levels within the organization. It is important for all employees to feel comfortable in voicing their concerns, ideas, and feedback to all members within the business. From management to co-workers, a successful team should feel seen and heard by everyone.
Set clear expectations for each role and be specific in what that entails regarding performance and responsibilities. Check in with your team regularly to discuss their goals and ways in which you can help or to acknowledge their accomplishments along the way. Encourage collaboration and allow space for growth.
Forbes Advisor found that “nearly half of workers report their productivity being affected by ineffective communication.” Therefore, investing in effective communication will have an incredible impact on your business.
As a leader, you have built a team so that you can rely on their unique perspectives and contributions to your business or organization. Therefore, you want to foster an environment for your employees that allows for sharing, brainstorming, constructive criticism and mutual respect and support.
Avoid micromanaging, trust in the people you have hired, and allow them the opportunity to work together on various projects and initiatives. Build morale by celebrating the success of these collaborative efforts and learn from mistakes made along the way.
“Employees who say they feel like part of a team are 2.3 times more likely to be engaged at work.”–ADP Research Institute
When working with a team, it is key to offer feedback to your members. For people to learn and grow, they must understand what works, and what doesn’t work regarding projects, tasks, or other efforts. It is important to offer constructive criticism when needed, but also acknowledge the positive as well. If you continue to focus only on the negative, and endlessly harp on mistakes made, you are likely to create a negative working environment.
When your team members are successful, and reach important milestones or accomplish a goal, be sure to celebrate this. Acknowledge their hard work and let employees know they are appreciated. Research conducted by Quantum Workplace found that employees who believe they will be recognized are 2.7 times more likely to be highly engaged.
Prioritizing your team, and the success of its members, is an essential part of your business. You want to foster a relationship with your team so that you can work toward success together. As a leader, you are limited to your time and energy, so surround yourself with people share similar values and are committed to your vision.