As the manager of a team, it is your job to make sure that while overseeing what your team do on a day-to-day basis, you are also pushing them in the right direction – providing them with both encouragement and opportunities to grow. Of course, you know your staff are talented individuals, or you wouldn’t have hired them, would you? But, that doesn’t mean you can just leave them to it… you must help them to realise their potential and push them in the direction of success. So, with that in mind, here are six top tips to help you do that:
1. Provide Regular Feedback
How can your employees learn from their mistakes if they don’t know they are making them? How can they improve in particular areas if they don’t know certain aspects of their work requires improvement? It is important to schedule some time in to sit down with your employees and talk through how they are doing. Let them acknowledge their own strengths and weaknesses, and then elaborate on this from your point of view. Make sure any criticism is constructive – you don’t want them to leave the meeting feeling worse about themselves than when they entered.
2. Acknowledge Great Work
While it is important to offer constructive criticism, it just important to acknowledge great work. Boost your staff’s spirits by letting them know when they have done something well. The confidence boost they receive from being praised will encourage and inspire them to continue working hard.
3. Offer Training
You know what they say – “every day is a school day” – and there is always more to learn. Whether it’s to perfect existing skills or to learn new ones, it is important to provide your staff with training opportunities. Training is crucially important, as whatever they learn can be taken forward as they advance in their career. But, it is also beneficial to you and the company as a whole as team members become increasingly better in their role. If you work in Sales, for example, you probably want to offer Sales Training to new members, and existing members too. This can be outsourced to a training company who will create bespoke programmes to build upon the team’s capability, as well as improving the confidence of your whole team.
4. Set Realistic Goals
If your team are aiming for unachievable goals, they will constantly feel like they are failing. Goals are important to give them something to aim for, but if reaching these goals means working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, they aren’t realistic and risk being counterproductive. If this is the case, you need to adjust your expectations – push them, of course, but not beyond what they are capable of.
5. Provide Them With Opportunities To Grow
Doing the same thing day in, day out can become boring and can cause your employees to become complacent. Therefore, it is important to push them out of their comfort zone every now again. A good way to do this is by understanding their career aspirations and then enabling them to do tasks that will help them climb the rungs of the career ladder.
6. Don’t Micromanage
Finally, part of providing the team with opportunities to grow is allowing them the freedom to do so. Watching over them and dictating their every move will only demotivate them and cause them to feel like they aren’t capable. You have to trust your team – give them the benefit of the doubt and you may be surprised at the results.
As a manager, try implementing these six steps today and monitoring the progress of your team members. Using these as a framework for development should help with improvement and then growth.