BALANCE AT WORK BLOG

Making the most of what you’ve already got

While millions of words have been written about how to get more from your staff, there are really just three things you need to remember.Woman and chart
For your employees to work the way you want them to, they need:
1.  Something to believe in
Why is their job important?  What are your core values, vision, mission and goals?  How have you communicated these to your team?  Your strategic plan describes the game.
2.  Knowledge of what they’re supposed to be doing
Your organisational chart, policies, procedures, job descriptions and employment contracts are the rules of the game.  You also need to let people know how they fit into the wider picture of the work that is done in your organisation.
3.  Best job fitness
Closer examination of productivity problems often reveal they result from ‘square pegs in round holes’.  Recently, we have been helping managers reassess the fit of key people within their teams and take steps to allow their individual strengths to shine. Sometimes, this may result in more training or restructuring, or it may simply lead to the shifting of some tasks between people.  With right people in the right positions, you can be confident you have built a winning team.
Tip:  It’s easier to move forward one step at a time… Start by identifying the strengths you already have within your staff.  One tool to help you do this is Harrison Assessments.
Action:  Just make sure you are taking steps and moving forward!
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