As a business owner, or manager, when of your main focuses is to ensure productivity amongst employees. Ask any CEO or executive entrepreneur and they’ll likely agree with the phrase, time is money. As technology progresses, systems and products are continuously updated to reflect this relentless desire for more efficiency. Employers want that same efficiency and productiveness in their employees.
When it comes to ensuring productiveness, there’s a fine line between monitoring progress through effective tactics and micro managing. Micromanaging tends to make employees feel uneasy and spiteful towards management. You want to ensure your management style is seen as supportive and authoritative rather than overbearing. When managing a team, your goal is to drive engagement and instill motivation.
Start by providing regular feedback to your employees in a constructive manner. As depicted in Victor Lipman’s article for forbes.com, “helpful feedback to employees in a manner that encourages, not discourages, is a cornerstone of effective management.” It’s important to provide both positive feedback in addition to the more constructive conversations, employees will feel more motivated when acknowledged for exceptional work.
Leadership should reflect the same productivity. Nothing is more detrimental to your employees productivity than a leader who isn’t held to the same standards. Your employees will be more prone to productivity, if that same work ethic is exhibited from head management.
Morale plays a vital role in your team’s productivity as well. When you genuinely connect with your employees and establish a rapport with them, they’ll be more engaged in their work. Employees who feel as though they’re apart of a team are more likely to go above and beyond, compared to those in a disengaged environment.
When connecting with your employees, reflect on how their contributions have a direct impact on the company’s success. Employees want to feel valued and appreciated. As a leader you want to be both understanding to your employees needs and results driven for the business. Master both, and you’re well on your way to becoming the optimal leader.
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