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Keeping the team motivated and happy is about the best feeling in the world for entrepreneurs. A happy and motivated team stays on top of their game – crushing competition and blowing through targets. This results in a highly productive team, always getting more done, driven by desire and passion. Most entrepreneurs start this journey by searching “productivity tools” and end up with a ton of results leaving them even more confused.
Yes, high-tech powered tools and platforms are a good bet when thinking about improving productivity, but most times it never really works out that way. Some persons toe that line and get lucky, but it is a bad example of a blanket solution for boosting productivity. If you do not get the right tool or platform or worse implement it wrongly, it is certainly going to do more harm than good to your team. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Brainstorm with the team:
As the old saying goes: “Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches”, it is imperative that entrepreneurs engage their team before talking about ways to boost productivity. The team will easily point out difficult areas or time wasting activities more than you can spot even while micromanaging. They are the ones doing the work, they are the ones that keep hitting a wall, only they can really provide concrete answers to the question “How are we losing our productive edge?”
Jack Welch talked about how they got to make GE better under his leadership and mentioned having an encounter with an employee that influenced his management style. The man had pointed out that he was hired for his hands and not being taken full advantage of. He hinted he was paid and used for his hands only, when they could have his brain for free as well. Simply put, team members want to be engaged and they may have all the answers you are seeking. The feeling of being valued and appreciated is motivating enough to improve productivity before anything else.
Encourage team ownership
The approach to work always changes when there is a personal interest. Team members need to have ownership of what they do to inspire a commitment that trumps the desire to go home at 5:00pm. With such ownership comes personal interest which fires a desire to see it work at all cost, ultimately boosting productivity and motivation. Team members get more creative about how to solve the tasks and always have the mind that all they do is their own decision. Ownership eliminates the need to obtain approval before taking actions – one of the biggest resource killers for both teams and leadership.
Your team will really lose steam if they take on that big goal and halfway through, it seems impossible to achieve. Small wins, checkpoints, milestones help to boost team morale and keep every eye on the ball. Primary reason for wanting to be more productive is to reduce workload and have more time to be creative. Taking on something big might not actually be the best way to go about that. Lose steam and two days of work start running into 2 weeks. Small wins boost morale which makes landing bigger wins easier. Maintain a winning streak and you can have your team full of motivation and on auto pilot.
The tool or platform is pretty much useless when you are not addressing the right problems. Knowing how a lot of tools work is important, but most important is knowing what exactly you need a tool for. This cuts a lot off the “Productivity tools” list. Choosing a tech should ideally be done after answer questions like:
- What is our problem?
- What do we need to do about it?
- We have we done or can we do currently?
- We is left to be done?
- How do we do it?
On number 5, you have already figured exactly how your tool should work for it to be any good to you. You can now browse through as many productivity tools like Factory and check out their free trial options. Have your team explore and pick to ensure you are making the choice everyone will favour. Having them participate in the decision making process creates the sense of ownership required to boost productivity.