The Top 8 Habits of a Productive Team
Being productive is not only about personal habits. All of the most successful people will cite the other individuals who helped them achieve success. That’s why books have an acknowledgements page. And, you should acknowledge the role your team plays in the success of your work projects. You can’t go it alone, so it pays to find ways to improve your team so that everyone can work better together. Here are our top 8 habits of a productive team.
- Keeping team members happy
It only takes one unproductive individual to put a kink in an otherwise productive workforce. But, instead of complaining or blaming anyone, think about what could be slowing down the squeaky wheel in your office. It pays to know what motivates each team member and why the job is currently not fulfilling their needs.
2. Embracing flexibility
Most of us need schedules, guidelines, and deadlines to keep us on track at work. If we don’t know the end goal, it’s more difficult to see the importance of a current task. That being said, rigidly following these place markers can lead to unnecessary stress for your team. Acknowledge that unexpected delays occur, and work those into your schedule instead of getting down about them.
3. Setting the right goals
On the flip side of flexibility is making sure that you do in fact have a set of achievable goals for your team. Goals should be difficult enough to challenge each member but still leave the team feeling capable of success. Each goal needs quantifiable results, a set achievement date, and a reward system.
4. Creating team culture
We’ve covered culture before at our blog. How do you create a unified culture at your office, or even with remote team members? It starts with hiring people who share your company’s mission and facilitating open communications.
5. Not being too serious
Of course you want to take what you do seriously. After all, you’re talking about your livelihood and that of your entire team. However, a workplace where no one has fun or gets a little silly is not a productive place. See tip #1.
6. Reducing hierarchy
Every workplace has some kind of hierarchy, but when it comes to generating ideas and driving innovation, you get better results from team collaboration. When a team member feels like they cannot contribute, you end up with far fewer possible solutions. Take a look at this new technique we’ve discussed about encouraging collaboration.
7. Properly defining roles
Each member of your team is a specialist at something, and you need to know what that something is. Hint: it may not be the primary task you hired them for. If you’re doing your hiring right, the people on your team are motivated and growing in their careers in some way that’s meaningful to them. Make sure you keep them motivated by providing tasks that suit their abilities.
8. Staying in contact
This doesn’t necessarily mean in-person meetings. You just need to keep everyone on your team on the same page and make sure they have access to the right files and resources. Additionally, encouraging socialization makes your team stronger. We suggest utilizing a communications platform that offers multiple contact routes that work in various situations. Enterprise Productivity Software (EPS) keeps your team in touch with one another even from satellite offices, home offices, or on the road.
Are you interested in a team productivity app that allows video and audio conferencing, group and individual instant messaging, chat with emojis, and shared task lists? Find out more about EPS today!
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