If you own a business, it’s highly unlikely that you’re a lone ranger. Even if you start off on your own, it won’t be long until you’re hiring. In business, creating a team you can trust is essential for success. If you’re a company owner, and you want to take your team to the top, here are some tips and tricks to take on board.
Encouraging collaboration and setting shared goals. Have you ever watched a game of soccer or basketball when the commentators laud individuals but criticize a lack of collaboration and team spirit? Most teams have star players, but learning to work as a unit is what really matters. As the boss, you want to encourage your employees to work together in the best way possible. This may mean organizing meetings where everyone has a chance to speak or trying to get people to bond outside of work by setting up a mini 5-a-side league or going for a drink after work every Friday. You want to keep hold of your best recruits, but don’t let egos get in the way. Every member needs to work not only for themselves but also for everyone else on the team. If you’ve all got the same goals, you should reach them sooner.
Making life easier. Nobody wants to go to work and waste time doing jobs that distract them from priority tasks. If you’ve got a mountain of work to get through before a deadline, the last thing you need is to be spending time you don’t have doing menial tasks like filling out invoices or running through what you’ve already done with other people. Providing interactive modules and services like an online payroll will make life easier and a lot more enjoyable for your workers. You can send an invoice in seconds, and your colleagues will be able to see changes or additions to project work by logging onto the interactive system.
Lead by example. If you want to be the best boss out there, start by setting a good example. If you’re putting the effort in, you always look the part, and you’re willing to make sacrifices to hit targets, your workforce is more likely to follow suit. You can’t expect others to be passionate about your business if you aren’t, so get involved, muck in, and make sure you’re an integral part of the team. You want to retain authority, but don’t distance yourself or make yourself unapproachable. Learn from the mistakes you make, and listen to the feedback your employees provide. It can be very valuable, especially if there are issues that seem to be creeping up again and again.
When you run a business, it’s unwise to underestimate the importance of the team around you. If you can establish a group of people, which is motivated, hungry for success, and committed to the cause, you’ll go a long way. Respect individuals, but create a strong team ethos, work together, and do everything you can to make life easier and enable your employees to get on with priority jobs.
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