4 Insights That Will Make You Better at Team Management
In business, one thing’s certain – at some point, you’ll absolutely have to get better at team management! If you nail your business planning processes, chances are your enterprise would skyrocket and sooner or later you’d need help and assistance in the face of fellow employees willing to showcase their expertise and professionalism.
It’s a frenzy really – at one point you fear the idea of not needing employees: You assume your business would fail (as so many in fact does) and you’ll never even stumble upon the need of relying on extra hands in the process. Then later on, another fear emerges – as your business skyrockets, you realize you do in fact need employees; yet, you doubt whether you’d be even able to find the most appropriate fits.
It’s a dilemma all entrepreneurs and business owners face at some point in their careers. But let me tell you something from experience – it’s always better to actually need employees (hence the business’s success), but what’s more important is how you would be handling the team management part of owning a company. That’s why in today’s article, I’d be sharing 4 useful insights that will make you better at managing your staff – the sooner you realize them, the easier the entire process will be both for you and your employees.
Team Management Is Not Something You Should Be Undermining
Business owners, especially in the very early stages of their company development, tend to focus entirely on business growth, clients, getting the enterprise out there, profit, investments, etc. And while all those aspects are truly pivotal in the long-term success we all aim at, sometimes managers miss on focusing on the way they’ve been leading their teams.
I’m not saying it’s easy carrying multiple baskets at once: All I’m saying is that the sooner managers realize the crucial importance employees have in the bigger picture of things, the smoother their business will go through various obstacles along the way.
That said, in order for an enterprise to skyrocket toward success, it needs to take care of its employees and make sure they all feel content and happy both with their job and the overall atmosphere in the office space. Of course, this is achievable through thoughtful team management – knowing your employees’ individualities, being aware of their work patterns as well as knowing well what sparks their motivation and productivity are among the most important factors responsible for long-term positive relationships and mutual growth.
However, in many cases, managers tend to miss out on important insights when it comes to their employees and the work they do in the company. I believe that once business owners successfully wrap their heads around the reality behind team management, it’s then they’d be able to truly live up to everyone’s standards in terms of leadership.
So without any further ado, let’s get down to 4 important insights that are the very fundament of successful team management.
Sharing 4 Insights That Will Make You a Better Leader
- Each employee is a whole universe within their own individuality. Oftentimes I witness the following mistake in leaders – they tend to view the entire team as a single organism, without acknowledging each person’s individuality. But a successful manager is one who succeeds at taking a glimpse below the surface thanks to implementing crucial soft skills in communication and building mutual trust. Getting to know each one of your employees would ultimately skyrocket your business simply because you’d know how everyone thinks, how they handle their busy schedules, whether they prefer solo work or thrive in teams, what motivates them and what’s their bigger professional purpose. This will make the entire process of delegating work more successful and smoother. On the other hand, they all would feel appreciated and treasured for who they are.
- Your employees are not business owners – you cannot expect them to showcase the exact same level of dedication as you are. As professional as they can be, at the end of the day your employees realize they are offering their expertise in exchange for a salary, monetary bonuses, career development and gaining experience. While they all care for their job and the company’s overall success, you cannot expect them to dedicate their entire time and energy as you probably do. That means you should respect their privacy, spare time and out-of-office hours. Sending urgent work-related requests on Sundays and expecting your employees to deliver shortly is unrealistic – rather, you’d quickly lead them to emotional burnout.
- You should be open to the idea that sometimes your employees turn out to be your best teachers. Many managers consider themselves the ultimate knowledge-spreaders in terms of expertise, know-how and work-related approaches. This oftentimes leads to them refusing to listen to their employees’ opinions and advice which then results in mistakes and various obstacles along the way. Proper team management is when the leaders are open to the idea of learning tons of important things from their employees as well – it’s then when we bring mutual trust and respect to the table.
- Consider everyone’s need for time off and relaxation, even during work hours. Realizing that your employees are not robots capable of withstanding huge volumes of work all the time without pausing for a moment is a team management mistake that risks leading your staff toward burnout. Pay attention to how your employees feel during work hours – if you suspect someone is having a hard time and needs a moment, let them. Oftentimes having an hour off is the exact thing we need that will spare us from experiencing a nervous breakdown.
I hope all the above-mentioned insights have managed to change your perspectives on successful team management. It’s not only about delegating work duties; moreover, it’s a mutual process of communication and being there for each other if we want to bare the fruits of our efforts and work expertise.