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It can be tough to realize that you may be making it harder for your team to complete tasks. Here are just nine examples of having the boss making it harder for the team to get stuff done.
What’s the top reason why we aren’t as productive as we would like to be? From my experience as a leader, it’s the struggle with time management.
For starters, make sure that they’re spending their time on priorities. One way you can find out what their preferences are is by discussing what their goals are. “Ideally, these should be daily, weekly, monthly, and annual goals that align with your organization’s mission,” suggests Hall. “Not only will this give purpose and meaning to everyone’s work, but it also ensures that you and your employees are working on the right things at the appropriate time.”
As I pointed out in a previous Entrepreneur article, “EI is simply our ability to read, feel, and respond to our emotions and the emotions of those around us.” Furthermore, emotional intelligence consists of the following four components.
“A common productivity mistake I see executives making is simply sitting in their office all day,” Matt Girvan, productivity expert and co-founder of My Gung Ho, told Monster.com. “Walk around your entire office at least once every day because it gives you the chance to bump into colleagues and have a conversation.”
Other ways to prioritize time with each employee? Schedule one-on-ones with them, like a lunch meeting or short phone call. Not only will this create a more collaborative and trustworthy environment, but it also gives you the chance to check in with them. During these check-ins, you can find out what obstacles they’re facing and how you can help them overcome them.
Do you know what also gets under my skin when watching sports? When an owner gets too involved with the on-court play. I get it. That’s your team, and you’ve invested a lot of time and energy in it. But, you hired a coach for a reason. Let your coach be the only ones calling plays and calling out the officials. You should sit quietly on the sidelines. Know your role: You are the support.
Think about working conditions for a second. You just landed your dream job. But, on the first day of work, you’re assigned to an area that’s next to a common area. On top of the noise, you have an uncomfortable chair and outdated technology in a dimly lit area of the office. How productive do you think you’re going to be?
Take the working conditions and atmosphere into consideration when it comes to your team. Provide them with ergonomic furniture and effective workplace technology. Provide quiet areas when they want to get immersed in deep. And, make sure that there’s proper lighting. If possible, this should be natural light since it boosts productivity.
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