An inefficient workforce costs your company money. As the leader of that team, it is up to you to streamline the workflow and make everything run smoothly. So, how do you do that? Here are a few management hacks to get you and your team moving in the right direction.
Bring on the Dual Displays
Adding a second or third computer monitor can increase an employee’s productivity anywhere from 9 to 50 percent, according to a study conducted by Microsoft. There are many ways to put a dual display outfit together, but we like the simplicity of Duet Display. For $9.99, the app allows you to connect any laptop, tablet or smartphone together to form a super workstation.
Inspire Your Team
Every football movie has that one scene where the head coach stands among his team and gives a speech that is inspirational and moving. If you are the kind of person who can give an Oscar-caliber performance, then knock yourself out. For the rest of you, inspire your team by setting a good example and doing the right thing at all times. They’ll respect you, which, in turn, will make them want to work hard for you.
Take It to the Cloud
Gone are the days of downloading accounting software. Now, everything lives in the cloud because it provides access to info from anywhere and makes it easy to share data for work collaborations. Companies like Sage One are leading the charge on the cloud accounting front. We like Sage One because it is easy-to-use, gets you paid faster and integrates with over 12,000 institutions. Best of all, it saves you time.
Whether it’s you or somebody else on your management team, put a stop to micromanaging. It only adds to your team’s frustrations. If you’re having trouble with a micromanager on your team, Harvard Business Review suggests increasing trust between the manager and employee, making upfront agreements about involvement, keeping everyone in the loop and giving feedback only at appropriate moments.
Allow Flex Hours and Remote Work
Studies show that employees who are allowed a flexible or remote work schedule are more productive employees. Even though 65 percent of workers surveyed said they would be more productive if they could work from home, only 19 percent of employers permit remote work, according to an infographic by SurePayroll. There is an app for everything, so find one that enables you to manage your employees while they are working away from the shop.
Make Goals Clear
Have you ever been lost in the woods? Well, that is what it feels like to be an employee at a place that doesn’t have defined goals. Thankfully, this is an easy fix. Start with the big picture by making sure your team understands the company’s mission statement. Then, work on setting individual and project goals for everyone on your team. Goals should be reviewed with your team on a regular basis.
Attack the Process, not the People
We know you’ve heard this one before, but it is worth repeating. When you attack your employees rather than the processes that are in place, you are creating a toxic work environment. If something goes wrong, follow the trail and fix it. Google does a great job of this, and it shows in the company’s retention rates and efficiency.