Building a team for success in 8 simple steps

By Robert Half 10th March 2015

As a business leader or manager, your role and responsibility is building a team that can grow to be successful. This means to 'plant' employees in appropriate positions and nourish them with the resources they need, such as care, attention and support to grow.

If you nurture and train your team members successfully, you should see them blossom into wonderful assets for the organisation. But if your 'gardening' doesn’t encourage your employees to develop their career, you might just end up with ‘bulbs’ that don't flower.

As a manager, you should always be self-evaluating and thinking about building a team that will . If there's anything else you can do to help your employees grow and develop, then Spring is the time to turn over a new leaf.

These eight management tips will help your employees make the most of their potential skills, both individually and as a collective:

1. Encourage innovative ideas

Employees thrive on innovation, allow them to follow their creative instincts and encourage them to find innovative solutions to the problems that exist. Providing their work is done to the required standard and targets are met, give staff the breathing space to work in the way that suits them best. Encouraging innovation will help you grow a successful team that will contribute to the advancement of the business.

2. Foster collaboration

Encourage your team members to communicate with each other, share ideas, and use their individual skills and knowledge to make valuable team contributions. Ensure everyone has the chance to have their say, not just the loudest people in the room or the most experienced staff.

3. Delegate responsibility

Give employees the chance to take on new duties and responsibilities, allowing them to gain experience and develop their skills. Offer a certain level of autonomy to proven performers who always get the job done.

4. Offer feedback

Tell employees how they are getting on. If they are performing well, encourage more of the same, and if there are things to be worked on, offer constructive advice. Employees are likely to welcome your feedback and any suggestions you can make which help them improve.

5. Be flexible

To help employees make the most of their ability, or maximise their productivity levels on any particular day, be flexible. There are business benefits of offering flexible working, and sometimes staff may need to work different hours, or operate from home. Focus on the end results rather than the means for achieving them.

6. Back employees

When team members need advice or support, be their first port of call. Ensure they know they can come to your with a problem at any time. If employees make a mistake, alleviate the pressure on them by taking or sharing responsibility.

7. Support development

Deliver the training employees need to learn about new techniques and processes, and ensure they have access to mentoring and coaching. Ensure they have a strategic plan for their career and are working towards their professional goals. Support them in their development where possible.

8. Recognise success

When an employee performs well, ensure they are recognised for their achievements. If the team delivers a great result, congratulate the group as a collective. This can help build team spirit and encourage a happier, more productive work environment.

Building a team that will grow

You can't grow a successful team if employees are unhappy and constantly have one eye on the exit door. If you have a high turnover rate of staff, then employee morale and productivity is likely to be low, so your job as manager is to keep employees happy and encourage them to put firm roots down at your organisation.

Happy workers, who are suitably remunerated and supported in their career development, are likely to stay in their job for longer. By supporting employees with their work and showing active interest in their careers, you can encourage staff retention - increasing the likelihood of your 'bulbs' flowering year after year and growing a successful team.

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