Stepping into the second half of 2021 is exciting, and usually, it comes with team growth. Having more members in your team might mean you would need to adjust a few team management strategies to find the most effective one, and reach full potential.
The importance of an effective team management
Team management is the ability, whether that is of an individual or organization, to coordinate and lead a group of people to perform a task or project. This involves teamwork, clear communication, goals setting, performance appraisals, a manager, and now in 2021, a project management tool.
Having an effective and efficient team management strategy down leads to productive and motivated team members and so better results on the established goals overall.
These are the top 3 benefits of effective team management and inclusive work culture:
1. Motivated and happy employees
Think of the culture and environment you want to promote and share with your team. A well-established culture reflects directly on your employees’ happiness, and the happier your people, the better their productivity, loyalty, and motivation.
2. More productive team members
A proper team management strategy can help your team to focus on their tasks instead of thinking about external factors that are not part of their responsibilities. Focused employees lead to increased productivity.
3. Reduced employee turnover
Building a strong relationship with your employees and finding the best way to lead can help retain talent longer and better.
What makes a great team manager?
While there is no exact formula to make an excellent team manager, there are some aspects of a well-functioning team that reflect good leadership. You know you are doing it right if everyone has a clear understanding of their responsibilities, a strong desire to reach team goals, regular check-ins, and catch-up meetings, and your team is comfortable asking for feedback openly.
5 Essential actions for successful team management
- Communicate directly and transparently with the team
Miscommunication causes stress and confusion and will cause your employees to approach any project or task with doubt or fear. Effective communication skills are essential to ensure that your whole team is clear about goals, tasks, and deadlines. Nowadays, an on-site communication strategy is as important as digital communication with your team. Using a workplace platform can help managers and team members communicate better, and ensure that everyone is on the same page on matters like meetings, deadlines, and reviews.
- Set attainable goals and a clear vision
As a manager, you are responsible for making sure that your employees are on track to achieve goals, but you also need to keep that vision in mind at all times. Otherwise, you won’t be able to ensure your employees are moving in the right direction. It is normal if you get a bit distracted by day-to-day tasks or team problems, but a manager that loses track of their own process can mislead employees and confuse them. Set a clear vision, highlighting short, medium, and long-term goals for projects, the team dynamics, and the organization, in general, is the best way for you to maintaining your team and yourself focused.
- Encourage teamwork
People like to feel like they are part of something. Encouraging your team members to work together can help them be more engaged at work. Using a digital project tracker to set up a project can be quite effective so everyone is aware of their progress. Using these tools allows everyone involved to track tasks, changes, and updates easily and quickly.
- Smartly delegate
As a manager, you are expected to assign tasks based on skills, experience, and capacity. You must trust that your team members are qualified and ready enough to meet deadlines. Every team member should have a fair workload, otherwise, your employees might feel overwhelmed and even burned out. To ensure you are fairly delegating tasks, you could opt for an overview of task assignments for each team member and their deadlines.
- Give constructive feedback and recognition
Schedule meetings with your employees from time to time to provide insights into areas that can be improved, for both employees and managers. Changes influenced by these meetings can help employees feel better about their work and performance. Try scheduling a monthly meeting or one every 2 months, depending on the length of the project.
On that note, while feedback helps with areas of improvement, remember to also give recognition for the things your employees have done well, so they feel motivated to continue doing well.
Effective team management is crucial for both team and organizational goals, and thus, success. A manager that is skilled in fundamental areas like goal setting, delegating, and giving feedback, is likely to lead a strong team. Ready to boost your team management skills?
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