If you need help then we’ve got you covered. This useful guide will help you manage your team.
How to Manage a Team
So you’ve been given a great new project, and the team to make it happen, but you’re worried because you’ve never managed a team before. Here are a few pointers to help you appear like a pro.
- Understand each team member’s designated role, and be sure they do also.
- Meet with the team members individually and understand what skills and experience they bring to the job, and what challenges they have in their position.
- Understand workload of each position, the specific support required, and the scope for individuals to assist others.
- Understand the performance levels and motivation of each person.
- Be aware of any personality conflicts in the team – DON’T make any changes which aggravate these.
- Meet with the team as a group. Clarify the key goals, objectives, and deliverables of the team. Collaboratively set some targets and agree on how to overcome difficulties or roadblocks affecting the team.
- Only make the kind of changes which will help and enable the team to do their job.
- Delegate a few responsibilities (not workload) to individual team members to build their involvement in the workflow, and their confidence.
- Demonstrate that you are approachable and available to listen.
- Organise an informal team-building opportunity such as morning tea.
- If appropriate, organise a team-building activity away from the workplace.
- Be welcoming to each team member and greet them every day.
- Be friendly but firm.
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