As a manager, have you found yourself in moments when your team is just stuck and not going anywhere? If it sounds familiar, you might also be well aware that these periods of times can be sometimes very long.
When these phaces are not taken care of, there is a high risk of your team falling into a downward spiral of unproductiveness and lack of engagement and motivation. So if you’re a manager dealing with a situation like this there’s good news: there’s a solution!
Some things that organizations can actually do to help make sure their managers and teams are more engaged and productive is to:
1. Invest in collaboration technologies
Internal social networks, video conferencing solutions and the like are a great way for employees to stay connected anywhere, anytime, and on any device. As a result employees will get a better sense of how their individual contributions are impacting their teams and the organization as a whole
2. Provide visibility into goals and objectives
Find a way for employees hold each other accountable for various projects by having complete visibility into each others goals, objectives, and performance metrics. As a result employees will not be able to hide behind ambiguity which makes “social loafing” much harder.
3. Keep teams small(er)
Smaller teams are indeed more effective, productive, and engaged because it prevents group-think from happening as employees are forced to share their own individual ideas instead of just blindly agreeing with others.
4. Provide autonomy
Autonomy is a crucial factor for productivity and engagement because nobody wants or likes to be micro-managed. Instead of tracking hours, organizations should focus on outcomes and outputs.
5. Challenge outdated management practices
Do annual reviews still make sense? What about strict hierarchy, centralized decision making, and constant expenses approvals? The best thing that organizations can do to continuously improve engagement and productivity is to evaluate and test common assumptions around how work is currently being done.Complete article Five Ways To Make Your Teams More Engaged And Productive By Jacob Morgan