It’s important to challenge your staff so that they reach beyond their potential, but pushing anybody too far might cause them to look for work elsewhere. How do you know where to push and where to stop? Before your drive anyone on your team to your competitors here are some easy to follow tips to find a happy balance in your work place.
- Start by hiring the right people. Before you even think about whether or not your team is working to their full potential you should think about whether or not you have the right people on your team to begin with. The wrong people will not live up to your expectations and they may even draw the rest of the team down to the lowest common denominator. Hire the best, most effective employees for each place in your company.
- Lead by example. In order to convince your team that changes are for the best you should always lead by example. Before you ask someone to stay later to complete a project be sure that you are willing to do the same thing. Everything you ask your team to do you should be willing and able to do yourself.
- Provide recognition. Real time and public recognition are the cornerstones to encouraging employees to continue to work effectively and efficiently. Always praise employees when they’ve done something well or they’ve made an important breakthrough. Employees also like it when their accomplishments are acknowledged by their team members.
- Timely critical feedback. If you do need to make a correction or stop an unwanted behavior don’t wait to let the individual know what you want or what you expect moving forward. Waiting for a meeting and calling someone out is embarrassing and will have exactly the opposite consequence. Also, never take an individual problem and frame it as something for the whole team.
- Be empathetic and supportive. Finally, the keystone of being a good manager and pushing your employees but not too hard is to be empathetic and supportive when it comes to their needs. When they discuss concerns and problems with you take these seriously and address them as necessary. Position yourself as a manager who really cares about your team and show them.
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