Last week we started with some tips on what to do when you really need productivity to increase for you and your team.
Did you have a chance to try out any of the tips?
This week, we’ve got Caroline back with some more suggestions.
Build Relationships – As a manager, you are building the bridges with other groups that will enable your directs to get things done.
Building trusted relationships within your group, and outside of your group.
What are some ways to do this?
- Spend time with your peers
- Find out what is important to them
- Build strong relationships so you can reach out via email, text, etc., and gain a quick response
A lot of times, the slow down in productivity is due to a lack of response from another group.
Well, you are all in an environment where you receive a huge number of emails and texts, and are in meetings everyday…so how can your asks stand out? Is it a situation where you need to actually make a call? If you have a trusted relationship built, you will gain a quicker response because you are known and they trust that the request is actually needed and important.
Manage the energy – …yes, you are responsible for keeping up your energy and the energy of your group.
For creating a positive work environment.
When you are working in a really fast paced, intense environment, it’s hard to perform at your maximum and maintain composure when your energy is low. This is really important for managers when you are often moving from one meeting to another.
So I use my calendar. Keep it simple.
Your calendar is not just about scheduling meetings. That’s the least it can do. I usually recommend on a Sunday evening or Monday morning taking a look at your calendar for the week – 10 minutes of calendar planning.
So where are you really tight? Which meetings do you really need to be at your best? Which ones do you need to be in and for how long? How can you insert a short amount of time to regenerate a bit when you are a key player?
- What can you delegate?
- What are the top priorities?
- What do you have to get done that day?
If you are stressed and performing at a lower level, this will make it difficult for your employees to perform well.
If you are introverted, then ensure you have enough quiet time here and there to regroup.
If you are extroverted, roam around – take the long way to the coffee room and interact along the way.
It takes only a few minutes and can make a huge difference if you purposefully build in “energizers” into your work day.
It’s not rocket science. It is less complex than all the technical issues you have solved so far in your career, and it will result in you accomplishing more in less time.
Lastly – Be inclusive.
When you are stuck on a challenge or need to be in too many places at once – involve your team. Discuss openly the challenges and have them get involved.
This will create greater trust, ownership, and buy-in so your team will work together more effectively – AND productivity will be higher with greater ownership and buy in.
A great leader once said to me … “even if you know the answer, ask for input”.
Input is not just for when you don’t know – it is to seek other views, to create involvement, and to create energy around a project.
A golden rule of mine is always err on the side on inclusion, not exclusion.
Interaction, inclusion, discussion…create those in your group.
They invite creativity and raise the energy of the group.”