Without team management, you have a bunch of “I’s” running around haphazardly completing tasks. You have ball hogs and benchwarmers when you should have set plays and accurate, behind-the-back passing. In this article, you’ll learn why exactly team management is important, what a well-managed team looks like, and 6 tips for good team management.
1. Communicate directly and transparently with your team
A manager who cannot properly communicate with team members might win a battle or two but has already lost the war. Effective communication skills are needed to ensure team-wide clarity on tasks, deadlines, and goals. This transparency allows a team to focus on their productivity and collaboration.
On the flip side, poor digital communication lowers employee morale and productivity. This negatively impacts customer satisfaction and the bottom line.
2. Offer a clear vision
Managers can often get side-tracked from their original goals by their own daily tasks and everyday team problems, whether they are big or small. Setting a clear vision that highlights short-term and long-term goals for projects, teams, and the overall organization is the best way for managers and employees to stay focused.
3. Encourage team and inter-departmental collaboration
Employees who say they feel like part of a team are 2.3 times more likely to be engaged at work. So if teamwork leads to engaged employees, then what builds teamwork? Effective collaboration. Good collaboration among team members ensures projects are delivered on time without conflicts.
4. Delegate intelligently and conscientiously
A manager is expected to assign tasks to employees based on skill, experience, and competency. They must trust that every team member can complete assigned tasks on time. Ideally, every team member should have a fair workload. But many good managers are failing at proper delegation. In fact, 21% of employees feel overwhelmed with their workload.
5. Give feedback and recognition
Constructive feedback sessions provide insights into areas where improvements are needed, both for employees and managers. It gives employees clarity on where they stand and where they are headed. Changes influenced by these sessions can help employees, managers, and the team perform better and build trust.
6. Overcome remote work challenges
Remote teams are the way of the future. It’s estimated that by the end of 2021, 25-30% of the US workforce will work from home more than once a week. To handle a remote team, managers must identify and solve the challenges of hiring and managing virtual team members, before doing so.