Running a business is all well and good, but it runs hollow if we cannot bring our team together towards the same goal. This might sound obvious, but you’d be surprised at how pernicious a lack of cohesive management can be. A business doesn’t have to be run by incompetent professionals in order to suffer from this either, simply a lack of good communication can sometimes cause even the best team to shake.
Getting your team together and on the same page, however, is quite a vague goal to set. It needs to be aligned with the vision of your organization and the daily practical realities that govern its progress. For this reason, the minor and major means of communicating with your staff and helping them unlock their own potential means taking small efforts each day, and larger efforts as a whole.
In this post, we hope to tackle both, giving your staff more chance of accessing communication and feeling trusted in their roles, while also sustaining themselves as important members of your larger organizational family. Without further ado, let’s get started:
Consider Communication Necessities
It’s very important to consider how your team are given access to communicate with one another. This is especially important if you’re integrating working methods such as remote work possibility. Apps, such as Slack, or Microsoft Teams, or Zoom, or Google Hangouts/Chat can provide the means by which to talk instantly with other members of your organization.
Granting everyone a contacted profile that can be accessed in this way can help avoid communication having to run in official emails if that’s not necessarily needed. A quick question here or there can be truly useful to assess based on that effort. This can also be helped with:
You’d be surprised just how much a daily briefing can help staff get on the same page for the day, understanding the challenges, news items, and pieces of information they need to add nuance to their work. This might be that perhaps a client is out of town for two weeks, or a training seinar is coming up in a month, or perhaps that a job is completed and you’re moving on to the next project.
Daily briefings, perhaps given as a morning talk or a brief newsletter sent to every email address can be key in helping your staff get up-to-the-minute information, without ever having to chase that up.
Understanding The Larger Vision
It’s essential to get your staff on board with the larger vision of your company. Sure, they may not have a burning desire for your chosen craft, such as manufacturing pipes for plumbing purposes, but they should believe in your company, the value it offers, the potential they have to excel within its structure, and the principles you stand for.
It can be worthwhile to hold an annual talk for such a purpose. For instance, scheduling a meeting at Evins Mill can provide you with the chance to bring the team together in gorgeous surroundings and see or meet the actual leaders of your organization. This way, they feel part of the family, and respected enough to be informed of your yearly approach. This is especially important if you hope to pivot your approach. When Covid-19 started, for instance, many firms pivoted towards developing PPE and protective equipment. You can bet they took the time to inform staff of their new oriented goal, and what that would entail over the coming months.
If your staff understand the larger vision, they have a context for the decisions you make. This helps them feel respected enough to know the direction your ocean liner of an organization is sailing in.
Ask For Feedback & Discussion
Communication is a two-way street, and while managers are managing for a reason, it can be healthy to ask our staff what they think about given considerations. After all, they’re often the people dealing with clients, selling the products, accounting and organizing, and as such they deserve credit where credit is due.
Asking for feedback and discussion can make the most difference here, then. For instance, you might run a poll about where a given event should take place, or perform an anonymous survey to ask how the office conditions have been. The more staff feel they can contribute honestly, the better you’ll unveil issues in your organization going forward.
With this advice, you’ll be certain to get your team on the same page going forward – moreover, this will provide higher levels of staff satisfaction and lower your staff turnover.