Even if you have the best recruitment process in place and choose the stand out candidates, you can still find that problems arise with productivity down the line. Many recruitment processes focus on skills rather than personal qualities, and problems may not come up until many months later.
As a leader, it’s important to know how to diagnose a problem in your team; is a person not who you thought they were when you hired them, or can you lead your employee back to their best? Here we’re laying out some ways you can help get your employees back on track:
Missing deadlines is a symptom of a larger problem. It could be personal time management, but it can also be a host of problems that comes from leadership. Many team leaders and managers might be leading a team of colleagues who do work that they have personally never done, and, therefore, they have no realistic idea of how long a task can take.
If deadlines are being missed, perhaps the deadlines being set are too harsh. If a deadline is non-negotiable, are you communicating the purpose of a deadline to your team? Filtering this information down can help your team to prioritise.
Lack of motivation
If a member of your team seems listless or uninterested in their work, it’s easy to brand them as lazy. Looking more deeply, though, this team member may need a new challenge. If a colleague was once enthusiastic and now they’ve hit a slump, they may need a fresh challenge to wake them back up. Creating clear opportunities, with rewards, can give an employee renewed focus.
It can be a big pet peeve for some managers if an employee is often late. Many offices now have flexible working hours, which can help mitigate this issue. If you don’t have this benefit, though, a person showing up late can be disruptive.
A conversation can clear up if there are issues getting to work, such as bad traffic or public transport issues. If you can be supportive and offer a flexible solution to someone with transport issues, you are putting an emphasis on their contribution over their punctuality and your employees will appreciate the faith you have in them.
Great leadership is really about support. If you are failing to support your team, this will reflect on you as their manager, but if you can be supportive, you can truly get the best out of the people you hired. For more tips and advice when it comes to hiring and leadership, contact Anthony Gregg Partnership today.