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WITH Christmas/New Year fast approaching, many businesses in the lamb and wool supply chains are entering their seasonal staff departure/recruitment period.
In addition to keeping up with those changes, many employers may be building a new team for a specific project or expanding an existing team within the company or organisation.
Workforce teams are vital within organisations – regardless of whether they employ one or two staff, or 50 – and play a crucial role in achieving business objectives and goals.
Permanent or project staff managers in the workplace are in a unique position in which their role and responsibilities continually evolve to lead their teams to success.
Whether they be in the paddock, woolshed, or on the processing floor, managers should be striving to provide leadership while creating and fostering a positive and productive environment for team members to thrive.
Managers will recognise that a happy, productive and proactive functioning team is one that will excel and innovate.
Below are some simple ways in which managers can promote a positive working environment and lead their team to success:
Get to know your team members better
As you are seeking to get the best results from your new 2015 team, investing the time to get to know your new team members better is a great start.
Although building rapport with team members can be somewhat challenging at times, actively listening to them will give you insights into their strengths and weaknesses and allow you to identify areas in which they excel.
Getting to know your new team can also create a supportive and positive working environment for team members to work within and more importantly, by knowing your team, you build trust.
This not only means that your team members trust you as a leader, though you will know that they will own their role and have the ability to perform their job.
You get the most out of your team by not watching their every move. Standing back and letting your talented team members work independently is one of the best things you can do as a leader.
Open and continuous communication within your new team can improve relationships and creates an environment that promotes teamwork.
Promoting open communication both on an individual level as well as a group allows team members to understand what is expected of them and their responsibilities as per their role and the goals and objectives of the team as a whole.
Sometimes, teams can crumble, especially when not all members are kept in the loop. By keeping your team up-to-date, team members all stay on the same page.
Being a strong communicator not only reflects WHAT information is communicated within your team, though HOW this information is communicated with each other.
Recognise a job well done
Being rewarded and recognised for a job well done is a great way to show your appreciation for a team member who has excelled. It might be someone who has exceeded a target, gone above and beyond their role or completed a task; or someone who gets in there and does the grunt work to get the job done when it is really needed.
Recognition gives people a sense of accomplishment and inspires both them and their team mates to succeed and learn.
People value appreciation and a simple gesture of saying ‘thank you’ or ‘you did a great job’ can go a long way and do a lot to motivate new team members. Other ideas could include a lunch at the local pub, or gift vouchers.
Implementing an employee recognition strategy can do wonders for boosting team productivity.
It doesn’t matter how small or large your team may be, these simple tips offer some ideas to assist managers in building a happy and productive team, especially as they enter the new yearly cycle.
Source: AWX – Partners in People