Let’s face it – without your team, your company wouldn’t be where it is today, would it? Your team are the backbone of your brand. They work hard to help your company succeed and the more passionate they feel about the business as a whole, the better they will collaborate with one another. When a team is slacking in the productivity stakes, things could take a tumble. Customer satisfaction might lower as a result, followed by a dip in revenue and an even sharper dip in profits.
Nevertheless, taking on the role of manager, business owner, or team leader can be draining at times. With so many things to tick off the ‘to do’ list, it can be a struggle focusing as much attention on your team as you’d like to. Fear not, because creative power is actually easier to stimulate than you think. Remember – you are the leader and you have more power than you think.
Improve your leadership style by trying out the following seven tips for energizing your team:
- Diversify the Teams – Sometimes, the people you would least expect to work well together will actually get on like a house on fire! With that being said, do not be afraid to mix things up by putting members of your workforce into different teams for specific tasks. Employees will be more intrigued by the outcome of a task if they are challenged with team diversification, thus keeping them fueled and ready for the day ahead. Remember to establish the predicted outcome of teamwork activities to really assess how well particular people work together.
- Make it Fun – When you are acknowledging the performance of an employee or arranging a team-building session, you simply have to incorporate an element of fun into your role as a leader. When an employee can have fun with you, not only will they trust you and talk to you about what is bothering them more openly (enabling you to deal with the problem and heighten productivity) but also, they will become more creative.
- Take a Risk – Making mistakes is normal and it is all part of the learning process. On that note, don’t let the fear of risk taking prevent you from empowering your employees to be daring (in a good way). Examples of risks you may take as a leader include putting your trust in a key employee and hiring contractors on a short-term basis.
- Organize Brainstorming Sessions – Gather ideas from your team by sitting down and brainstorming. Invite everyone to talk or write an idea down to encourage teamwork and valuable discussions. The more ideas you have about product creation, development, marketing, etc., the better. A brand that can bring something entirely new to the table will stand out among other brands in the same niche.
Put the above tips to the test and you are guaranteed to notice a difference among your workforce. Stellar results can be delivered by a hard-working team that steps up their game but unfortunately, keeping every member of your team energized and enthusiastic is not always possible. By mixing things up and earning employee energy in different ways, such as by praising them for their good work and listening intently when they have something to say, your company will become more of a tight-knit family.