If observed minutely, no sport is an individual sport at all.
Now, you must be thinking when did 100 m dash/ sprint or high jump, long jump transformed into a team sport.
No! They did not, it still requires an individual to perform the actions.
But, I still say it’s the team and not an individual.
Because the individual performing actions is backed by his/ her team.
Their team comprises of coaches, physios, managers, etc. Not just the athlete takes or puts in all the efforts, but also the other guys who are responsible for the athlete’s performance.
Same applies to startup businesses as well. Consider your business to be the athlete and you and your employees to be the team.
Unless all the teammates are doing their work efficiently, your athlete is not going to succeed. For your business to bloom, you need to ensure that your team works efficiently and is high on spirit round the clock.
This will not just boost the business but also the moral of your employees. Now, let’s focus on some elements about how you can manage your team effectively.
Your Guideline to Manage The Key factor of your startup:
Step 1: Hire “A+” Players
It is rightly said that hiring prevails to be one of the most important entrepreneurial skill of all time. We have heard about this time and time again that
By A+ players it just doesn’t mean that hire people with experience or qualification. There are a lot of other credentials that you must take in your calculations. The first and foremost is self-motivated. This according to me is the best one can possess. These people love and are efficient in their work and also motivate others to work efficiently.
This will build an amazingly healthy team which will last long and will always be willing to run the extra mile.
Step 2: Analyse Their Skills
Many regard this as not so important but there are some who do. The reason being, you cannot ask someone to do something which he/ she is not capable of or has no knowledge about. And, also as you might know that people are at their best when working on their core competencies. This just doesn’t ensures that the work will be completed optimally but also ensures that job is done within time constraints. This boosts productivity and motivation among people.
When hiring examine if the candidate possess the required skill set. Once done that allocate work suited to their core competencies. The reason being the above-mentioned paragraph.
Step 3: Define And Share Your Vision
Every business has to have a vision and you are the one who decides it. So, define the vision and share it with your employees. Your employees need something to look up to, to work for. When you clearly define your vision and clearly communicate the same with your team, it ensures that all of your employees are on the same path and are marching towards achieving that vision. A highly motivational thing as some see as their targets and want to achieve it at any cost.
Step 4: Design An Employee Enhancement Programme
Numerous fortune 500 companies follow this practice religiously. Learning is a never ending curve and neither should you limit it. Ensure that you along with your HR or core team design an enhancement programme. This will boost your employee’s productivity. As your employees are learning new things, thus they are increasing their skill set. So, the next time you have some work to be allocated which requires some extra skills, worry not your employees already have it in them.
Step 5: Get Everyone Involved
Explore a way to involve every employee. Get your employees in planning and decision making. Not saying that give them the whole authority, but allow them to submit their suggestions. This way they will be more engaged and now your project matters to them more than anything else as they will treat it as their baby. This not only empowers and motivates employees but certainly scrapes out the hidden manager within them. This ensures smooth work flow of the project and an highly motivated team.
Step 6: Make Work Fun
Often heard, but only a handful acted upon. Give them the respect, the love, the attention and the amusement that they deserve. Only work no play guarantees downfall and you don’t want that, do you? Mix it up with some co-curricular activities, sports, fitness programmes or may be a party. This executes the common abstraction between employers and the employees. Thus promoting a happy and happening working atmosphere.
Step 7: Implement Incentive Programmes
Generally, this term is associated to the sales team or the sales guys. Where they receive incentives for achieving their sales target or may be for doing more sales than expected. It has been observed that this gig works more than anything when it comes to increasing productivity.
Every company does this to keep their sales team motivated, ever thought of incentives for efforts? For the not so sales people. Introduce incentives in any department and you will discover a positive curve in the productivity graph. Here are few suggestions for rewarding your employees within budget:
Your business will prosper when you and your team share the same vision and are relentlessly working to achieve it. But, to have your employees working relentlessly for your vision, you need to keep them happy and motivated. I hope this article helps you in keeping your team happy and motivated.
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