What have you done lately to empower your team? Can’t think of at least three things? That’s alright. Few managers are really making their team feel happy and satisfied but it’s just a matter of not knowing how to do so than rather anything else.
So what can you do to empower and lead your team?
Employees appreciate that their managers contribute in their education further more than just managing their work. Hence, they appreciate when their team leader invests on educating them so they can learn and acquire new skills that will result in more knowledgeable team members. This can be as simple as a book or paid registration in an online course.
Can you mentor people in your team? When people have meaningful, upward-focused relationships at work, they’re more committed and engaged with their day-to-day activity.
Everyone has short and long term goals. The thing is, as a manager, do you know what your team members goals are? Encourage your team to record their goals, and help them draft plans for achieving them in their current role.
One on ones
A boss who knows what an employee is doing all day, and why, and who can explain exactly how that work impacts the big picture direction of the company is a huge factor in that employee feeling like they are part of an organization that values and appreciate them. Plus, expressing an interest in your team builds trust — after all, who doesn’t like being asked how things are going with them?
Provide good news
It’s a common thing that the good things you do all day pass by with little acknowledgement, while the errors and problems you hear back about immediately. As manager, you have the responosibility of changing this. Send postive feedback every now and then and you will notice how your relationship with your team members become healthier.
Space for playtime
It’s absurd to think that people can work 8 hours non-stop. If that’s what you want then get a robot! It’s scientifically proven that the brain needs a break to be able to continue working. Create an atmosphere where taking a break is allowed, by providing opportunities for employees to unwind a little during and after work.
This isn’t always in your power to grant, but allowing employees flexibility to work at home or spend time on their own projects is an incredibly empowering thing you can give to your team.
Tickets to conferences, speaking opportunities, guest posting positions — all of these things can help ambitious people on your team grow their profile and experience. If you’re actively seeking these opportunities for your team and supporting them in their pursuits, they’ll notice and, odds are, they’ll work harder for them.Original article Are you giving your team the best you’ve got?
By Kate Stull