My last blog discussed how, as an employee, to make sure that your efficiencies don’t go unnoticed. This blog is from a manager’s perspective. Why is it important to identify and acknowledge efficiencies created by your team? This is common area that new managers often overlook and is critical to having a successful team.
It is important to identify efficiencies that your team has created, because in this current business environment, working smarter is much more important than the amount of time that you put into your work. Work places are constantly increasing the amount of work that teams have to complete due to the downsizing of organizations in this tough economy. Thus, as a team, the only way to keep up with the pace is to work smarter. If all members of a team work smarter, then hopefully all the team members will succeed without spending all their waking hours in the office. It also needs to be noted, that it is not how many hours a person spends in the office, but how much work a person completes. This needs to be considered and the only way to consider it is by identifying areas that efficiencies have been created or should be created in the future.
Acknowledging efficiencies is the most important step. If you don’t acknowledge your teams accomplishments when they create time-saving or money-saving efficiencies, then the incentive for them to do so in the future lessons and this is especially true if not all team members are affected by the lack of efficiencies. This would occur if a team member doesn’t have to pick up the slack if they decide not to create the efficiency. Another side of this topic to remember as a manager is acknowledging people’s “accomplishments” works better than acknowledging people’s “hard work” alone. This leads back to my comment earlier about not focusing on how many hours a person puts in but how much work is produced. By acknowledging the efficiencies that your team creates, it increases moral, team camaraderie, and overall productivity.
Working smarter is becoming more and more a deciding factor for determining success in an organization. Creating efficiency in your processes can get you well on your way as a manager or future manager to accomplishing your goals, the goals of your organization, and overall success in your endeavors.
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