A happy team is an efficient team. Running an efficient team means you need to do whatever you can to keep employees happy. A major part of your focus as a team leader should be keeping the people who work for you happy.
Happy employees do their best work and are always willing to go the extra mile. These are the people who you want to be working with you. And the good news is it doesn’t take much to make your team members happy. As the leader, you have the opportunity to put in place new processes which make all the difference to your team members.
These simple tips should help you to make your team members both happy and efficient.
It’s not just about the nine to five
Your team members don’t want to feel chained to their desks. They don’t want to feel like they can never get up from their desk and do what they need to do. It’s important that your team members know they can get up, walk around, visit the doctor and go lunch shopping during the day. Remember, you’re employing adults and they should be able to have some freedom without taking advantage.
Give them a chance to find their true career path
It’s fairly usual for team members to want to explore the chance to work in other areas of the company. If someone shows an interest in doing this, give them the opportunity to give it a try. Who knows, they might discover a hidden talent. They might be the next great developer or graphic designer. At the very least, they might realise the grass isn’t greener on the other side of the office and find new interest in their own job.
Find out what they think about you growing the business
If you’ve decided that it’s time to grow the business, you might want to get some input from your team members. Maybe they see something you don’t about the running of the business. Before you apply for a business loan, plant and machinery finance or whatever you might need to make this expansion happen, be sure that they’re on board.
Pay them fairly for their time
This is something which really shouldn’t have to be mentioned. But it’s important to mention that you should ensure your team members are paid fairly. Help them to excel in their careers and provide them with the tools they need to move up the career ladder.
Keep them in the loop about where they stand
It’s essential that your team members know exactly where they stand. They like to know that they’re valued. And, equally, they like to know that they’re not performing as they should. Make sure they know that you appreciate their efforts, value their contribution and look forward to working with them to assist them.
Make sure they’re kept in the loop
It’s never a good idea for staff members to hear about office goings on through rumours and stairwell whispers. Make sure your team members are kept updated on new hires and recent resignations. These are issues which will have a real impact on their lives. They should know about these. Employees who are kept in the loop feel like they’re a valued member of the team and are more willing to contribute.
Give people the things they ask for
Ask workers what they want and they’ll tell you. Often, it’s the same two things: money and time. That’s all anyone really wants. They want to be incentivised with cash bonuses for going above and beyond. And the promise of a Friday afternoon off does wonders to increase efficiency and productivity. Your reward? A rested and happier team on Monday morning.
Get their input with new hires
Your team is going to be working with a new person every day. They need to have a rapport with this person. Make sure they have the opportunity to meet new hires and get a feel for the chemistry.
According to an article on Forbes, it’s essential that new hires are discussed with your team.
“Let your team members talk with candidate because they will work together and it’s important this person fit into the team. Of course, experience and suitable qualifications are important – but the most important qualities to hire for are always personality and social skills that are compatible with your team.
“With regards to trust and respect described above, personality and social skills are like glue. They help people communicate. They can glue different people together, whereas qualifications just ensure tasks are completed properly.”