The Importance of Building a Strong Work Team
It is every business owner’s dream to grow his or her business and become a renowned player in the marketplace. The employees of a business usually take the brunt of the work to make this dream become a reality, but it is the business owner’s responsibility to create a game plan. One of the most important facets of any new business game plan is to increase efficiency.
From running my Kyani business I have learned firsthand that training a business’s work team is just as important as hiring the most qualified employees and utilizing new technology. The question that worries many business owners is this: how do I build an efficient team without making the work environment stressful and uncomfortable?
Here are a few tips to do just that.
Gamification is a strategy designed to promote efficiency and productivity in the workplace and helps a business reach its full potential. Even the big brands and competitors like Microsoft use gamification.
Think of gamification as adopting the same techniques a video game uses to keep players involved and excited to play. Simple encouragement and appreciation for hard work and sacrifice goes a long way in the hearts of your employees. A reward system provides greater incentive to work hard and achieve goals. Gamification can also be fun!
There are many different ways to approach gamification, but a common way is through employee-of-the-month boards and friendly competition. Other incentives might include paid vacations and job promotions.
Use project-management tools
Project-management tools can be useful in even open-office work environments or small workspaces. Valuable time is often wasted in unnecessary travel between desks and business bureaus. Adopting a conversation platform like Slack can save time and provide an effective one-stop communication method. Consider tools like Basecamp and Asana as tools to enable workers by dividing tasks among each other.
Get rid of unnecessary meetings
Studies show that 37 percent of an employee’s time is spent in meetings. Excessive meetings are a waste of time that no one enjoys and would best be cast off forever. Decide which meetings are necessary and keep those. Some meetings you will want to include are brief meetings to invigorate the employees and introduce incentives. Consider which meetings could be substituted with project-management tools.
Establish a culture of better time management
Keep tabs on employees’ work hours and keep them accountable, but do not come across as an overseer. This sort of leadership is not simply about ensuring employees start work on time, but that they are motivated to produce positive results within the company. Take the burden of motivating and supporting employees on your shoulders. One way of helping employees become more effective during the workday is to encourage them to take frequent, short breaks to relieve stress and gain a clear mindset.
Adopt remote teams
Many new online businesses and startups are dropping the typical office environment for remote digital teams. Groove, Edgar, Buffer, and Zapier are some of the many companies that function with remote teams.
Americans spend 29.6 billion hours a year commuting to work. Imagine if the time used to commute was utilized in a remote team environment or was more relaxation time for employees? Switching to remote teams will help your employees save time and enjoy a more enjoyable environment to work.