Updated: Dec 16, 2020
RAISE YOUR HAND IF…..You Suspect That Your Team Could Perform Better Have you ever secretly wondered if your team could be functioning better but you don’t know how to tell them? Try implementing one of these easily workable strategies and watch your team shift into optimal performance mode…..
Congratulations! If you are reading this, you have very nearly reached the end of a year which has brought about an unprecedented amount of changes, challenges, restructures, and reworks.
One of the most widespread and massive mutations for the 2020 working world was the change of the “normal” work schedule - the strenuous commute to a physical office location, followed by a long and hectic work day, and finally the rush home to retain a measure of work-life balance. Instead, telecommuting made its giant debut, replacing the typical commuting scenario, and it has been well-received by many workers. According to a recent PriceWaterhouseCoopers survey, an estimated 51% of workers have expressed that they would like to continue working from home at least a few days per week in the future. What was once considered to be an exception or a luxury to be earned is quickly moving towards becoming the standard - and remote working may be here to stay, with many leaders discussing permanent telecommuting options even after the pandemic is over.
With this massive shift in the work environment, many managers are concerned about their team’s ability to perform to their full potential. Are you one of them? Try one or more of these strategies to impact productivity of your employees:
Seek to recruit future leaders and build maximum performance into the DNA of your company. A team of high performers starts at the very beginning, long before your employee ever logs into your company system for the first time. While recruiting, career mapping, or succession planning, it can be tempting to rely heavily upon knowledgeable and experienced workers to achieve the work productivity results that you seek. In the long run, however, it is genuine zeal and curiosity that go hand in hand with innovation and optimal performance. Always remember that knowledge can be transferred and skills can be gained, but certain qualities - such as hunger, passion for the work, and initiative - cannot be taught.
Look for candidates and employees who ask questions, engage well, do more without being told, and whose interests outside of work could even lend well to the smoothly running operations of your team. Don’t count someone out because they don’t seem to understand your process or your vision immediately. Every person who works for you has a hidden motivator and you can find out what moves them by spending just a little time talking with them about their current role and asking what they want for themselves in the future.
Work hard to identify and