In terms of productivity, we've all spent a good deal of time making sure that we get the most out of the time we spend at work. But what about our employees?
I read a nice article on the Predictable Revenue blog about how David Mordzynski uses apps like Trello to stay productive and get more done during the day. What I like about it is that using tools like these allow managers to keep track of everything he's busy with and has done each day.
I'd love to know how you all have managed to get the most out of your team, how/if you're tracking their activity and how you manage it all.
For me, making sure a team is as productive as possible starts at a much higher level than task tracking.
First, is every person intimately familiar with the company vision/mission/objectives and bought in to making that succeed?
Does each person know exactly how the things they're working on tie in to the overall mission and performance of the company?
Does each person have all the tools and information they need to do the job efficiently and effectively?
Does each person have at least one person in the company to support them / help them out when questions or other unexpected things come up?
Do you as a manager actively look for bottlenecks in your existing systems/processes and find ways to eliminate them?
Once all that is in place, then I can start looking for systems or apps to help stay organized.
I personally use Asana and find it very helpful in keeping myself and projects organized and focused.
Curious to hear what others think as well.
I can share story of the company i am currently working with.
It already has "department issues" although there are only around 20 people in the company. And before departments were introduced as a management thing, although nothing else changed, it became noticeably harder just to talk to people as now they are in another department and you can not directly ask stuff etc. That ofcourse is a direct factor decreasing team`s as a whole performance.
One solution i think might help in this case is introduction of the projects on top of departments. It is fine to be in a department but when there are say 20 projects people work on throughout the company it would be a good idea to have certain people be in a project - in that case the pressure of being in different departments should be lifted by still working on the same project.
Thats just my recent experience - hope it helps.
First, never point on your team because they work for your success. They are humans who work for you. If you trust them and show polite towards them, they will surely work their best.
Second, never think out personal relations and other relation you have with your team during work. Work is worship.
Third, always ask them about upcoming work and take report after 2 or 3 days, what they worked and what we expected in upcoming week because you know your team potential.