Business Management

How to Get Your Workforce to Function as a Single Unit



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Going on vacation is one of the most fun things you can do as an entrepreneur. There’s no obvious disruption in what you do. And you can come back with your mind focused on the future and not burdened by unfinished business and business related woes. If you’re looking to achieve that same result within your own company, here are three simple changes you can make today to get things back on track as a single unit:

Streamlining

Eliminate unnecessary meetings and reorganize your calendar and workday. Sure, these meetings are important, but not when they divert you from accomplishing your goals. The employee on your team who’s waiting for an answer about that project they have to complete or report to your supervisor can’t help the time they’re spending on these meetings. They might say they need to “just finish one more thing on their plate” or the time they spent running back and forth trying to “get it all done.” Here’s a better way: Eliminate the unnecessary meetings. Plan to have fewer meetings, like two a week or one day each week, for planning. 

Limit how much your employees can spend working outside of their work duties, and consider letting them work from home if necessary. Reorganize your office and set your employees up for success. After your vacation is over, move your workstations to workstations where they can stay focused on completing specific tasks. 

Have a routine meeting each day and have your employees work through the new routine on a specific project with a deadline. If you want to do this for other departments as well, consider organizing some brainstorming meetings or collaborating groups. When you sit down together with your employees for your regular work sessions, have them gather a few thoughts about what they’re working on so you can review it later.

Training for Every Employee

Once you understand what’s going on with a project, you can better utilize your time to complete the project. Create clear rules to have your staff operate together as one group, with everyone meeting the same expectations, moving in the same direction and working in sync. Zoe Training offers training topics for employees, which can be expertly tailored to the nuances of how your business or organization conducts its core business. Be sure you’re communicating everything to everyone so that they know what you expect of them and how they’ll be held accountable. If you don’t already do this, now’s the time to create these clear and consistent rules for your business.

The takeaway

As an entrepreneur, you’re in charge of your workforce. Make sure you know what they’re working on so you can make a decision about whether they’re meeting goals and if you can keep them motivated to work towards completing those goals. Letting them work outside of the rules and having them fall behind as a result will hurt your company as a whole and will even create a competitive disadvantage for your company.