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October 21, 2014

How to increase productivity by improving teamwork

Train your managers to better encourage teamwork among employees.

How well does your team work together?

Employees often cite poor management as one of the biggest contributors to dissatisfaction at work. In fact, some go so far as to say that employees don’t quit bad jobs, but rather bad bosses. That’s because a supervisor sets the tone for an entire department, determining how effectively, efficiently and harmoniously a group will function. Fortunately, any manager can learn to promote teamwork, thus driving up productivity and reducing worker turnover.
Encourage engagement:
Remember the expression, “There is no ‘I’ in team.” As a leader, trying to do everything yourself will cause you to burn out and your employees to disengage, as it signals to them that their contributions aren’t needed. Encourage transparency and feedback, and take everyone’s ideas into consideration. This will help to create a culture of teamwork in which workers are eager to bring what they have to offer to the table.
Invest in training:
For the vast majority of people, leadership is a learned skill rather than an innate talent. Don’t expect newly promoted supervisors to intuitively know how to lead their subordinates. Instead, invest in cost-effective, easy-to-use online management training programs like those available through Mastery Technologies. Our courses teach participants how to promote teamwork while fostering a healthy environment of trust and mutual support.
Set expectations:
Workers often point to unclear job expectations as one of the top workplace stressors. Be sure that you and other company managers establish specific daily, weekly and monthly goals and communicate them to employees. For example, at the beginning of a meeting, state the items that need to be addressed and the time frame allotted for the discussion. This will help everyone stay focused and on track.
Improve your managers’ ability to encourage teamwork, and you’ll get the most out of your available talent while also increasing productivity and employee retention. Browse Mastery’s course offerings today!

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