Do you wish you could clone yourself to build the team within your business? Finding the right employees who will help you grow and scale your business can feel impossible. No one cares about your business quite like you. But you must learn how to manage employees to continue growing and reach your goals. Managing others is not a skill we’re born with. While it may seem that it comes naturally to some leaders, management is a skill anyone can learn. If you’re struggling with getting production from your team, these six tips can help.
How to Manage Employees More Effectively
1. Clearly define expectationsI recently watched an old rerun of Home Improvement with my family. During the episode, Tim Allen’s character hires one of his children to create a video tribute to be used during his television show. His son works hard on the project and is excited about his results, but the video is a complete disaster and not what Tim was expecting. As Tim thinks through the situation (with the help of his neighbor), he realizes that he didn’t set clear expectations or provide direction when turning the project over. Ultimately, he takes responsibility for his error, redefines the project for his son, and they come up with a great tribute. If only business problems could wrap up so easily in 30 minutes, right? There’s a great lesson to be learned here for business leaders. It’s essential to set clear goals and expectations for your team. Communicate what the results should look like so they know how to measure what success looks like. Don’t just tell them what you want them to do but also explain why it needs to be done and its role in the overall business goals.
2. Establish accountabilityWhen we begin working together, holding employees accountable to complete their work is a challenge many of our business coaching clients face. Instead of having an employee redo incorrect work, many leaders decide to redo it themselves because they know they can do it right. This may seem like the easiest solution at the moment, but all it does is add more to your already full plate. You need your team to do their work correctly, so you can open up time in your schedule for the work that needs your attention and allows the company to grow and scale. To combat this, establish clear consequences for not meeting expectations and hold people accountable for their actions. This can be done through performance evaluations, bonuses, and disciplinary action. However, it’s even as simple as holding regular 15-minute meetings with employees to help set them up for success.
3. Foster motivationIf you’re not getting the production levels you expect from employees, it may simply be they aren’t motivated in their job. When employees are going through the motions instead of giving their best, you won’t get the results you’re looking for. To prevent this, it’s important to create a positive work environment that fosters motivation and growth. The best way to do this is to learn what motivates your team. It could be providing bonuses as rewards or providing additional training opportunities to show your team you care about their growth and development. It’s also helpful to explain to employees how their roles and work contribute to the overall success of the company’s goals. In addition. look for ways to help them connect with personal goals and values with the work they do each day.
4. Communicate regularlyRegular communication with employees, contractors, and vendors can help identify any issues or concerns that are preventing them from meeting expectations. While you don’t have to have an “open door” policy where you are always available, it’s essential to have good communication. For example, you may have set times each day when you’re available to answer questions. Or, in the least, ensure employees and contractors know what process to follow if they’re stuck. Address concerns promptly and provide necessary support and resources. Don’t be a stumbling block to success within your team.
5. Lead by exampleYour team isn’t going to be just like you, but it’s important to set a good example. If you cut out early every day and make errors in your work, employees will think it’s okay to do the same. This is a monkey-see, monkey-do kind of world. Set an example of hard work and dedication to encourage your team to follow suit.
6. Delegate effectivelyDelegation is not always easy. You must delegate the right task to the right person in the right way. If any parts of this are missing or off, you’ll face challenges. It’s essential to delegate the necessary resources and decision-making responsibilities necessary to complete the task. If not, your employees will constantly need your help along the way. If this is a struggle for you, here are 6 tips for delegation:
- Avoid micromanaging
- Provide the right resources
- Remember that authority goes hand-in-hand with delegation
- Be available
- Choose the right people
- Use 15-minute meetings