These days everyone is busy! Regardless of who we are and how much we need to accomplish, we all have just 24 hours each day. Deduct the hours we need for sleep and it doesn’t leave us much time to complete everything we would like on our busy schedules. Effective time-saving solutions could be the difference between successfully completing our daily “to do” list or constantly falling behind. Whilst these time savers could be as simple as arranging for your dry cleaning to be picked up (check out this fun infographic) or ordering groceries online, when it comes to running your own business you need to start looking at the bigger picture.
The old adage “many hands make light work” is particularly true in a business setting. Building a strong support team is an investment for the future. Although this may initially take time and effort, reliable team players are an asset that will save you time each and every day. They will give you the necessary support that your business needs to flourish through thick and thin, without you having to sacrifice your entire personal life. But what is the best way to go about building a strong team?
These shortcuts will help you on your way to success:
HAVE A CLEAR OBJECTIVE IN MIND
It pays to surround yourself with people who have different skill sets since each member of the team can then bring something fresh to the table. Start by evaluating what kind of people you already have working for you; do you have an ace salesperson but no one who knows how to reset the computer server? If you are an ideas person, could you use a team member who excels at getting stuff done? It also pays to consider current personalities and think about what kind of people will gel with the existing group. You certainly don’t want a team of clones, but major personality clashes could lead to you losing time and money instead of saving them.
It may sound counterproductive when your end goal is to save time but rushing in and hiring the very first person you interview could lead to a huge waste of time and money. According to Harvard Business Review, bad decisions when hiring can account for as much as 80% of employee turnover. Each time a member of your team leaves it means you will need to spend more time finding a replacement and then training them to be effective. So, don’t wait until you’re desperate for help before you start looking for new team members. Since your focus is on building a support network for your company, look for people that are team players. Avoid toxic personalities at all costs and watch out for potential red flags such as candidates who constantly reschedule, who show up looking sloppy or who complain about previous employers.
BE A STRONG LEADER
Building a strong team is a constant work in progress, so strive to always lead by your own good example. If your team feels like you’re never around, too busy to listen or slacking off on big projects then they will likely follow suit. But a boss who is hardworking, approachable, and offers ongoing feedback and guidance will develop a motivated team of reliable workers. Providing regular feedback and positive reinforcement will motivate others to try harder to grow and improve, as will occasional incentives and a bit of healthy competition.
With some careful planning, a measured approach, and ongoing encouragement, you can effectively build a strong team to support you as you grow your business. And by surrounding yourself with a cohesive group of team players, you will have more time to get on with the important things in life.
Contribution from freelance writer, Julie Scott