As a small business owner, it’s your responsibility to get the most out of your employees. You could be blessed with a team of workers that already go above and beyond to deliver great results, but this is not always the case. Sometimes you have to be a leader and provide the extra motivation to help your organization deliver the results you want.
#1 – Create an environment with strict deadlines
Deadlines should be seen as non-negotiable. As a strong leader you need to foster an environment where your employees know that they need to get assignments done on time with pristine care. If they need to push the deadline, employees should understand that it's their responsibility to let you know in advance. Creating more firm deadlines will force people to create a thorough plan of action before they begin working on a project.
If there is too much leeway on when work needs to be submitted, this allows employees to take their time and dive into projects without having a solid plan of how they will attack them. Be strict when you have to and let employees know that getting work done past the deadline is not acceptable. Employees shouldn't be severely punished for not meeting deadlines, but should understand the importance of avoiding this mistake the next time. Most importantly, be sure to reward those who meet deadlines and perform efficiently.
#2 – Hold other managers accountable for their team’s success
Sometimes in business, managers tend to point to a particular member of their team who is slacking and put the blame on them for work that doesn’t turn out the way it’s supposed to. In order to be a well-run organization it’s imperative that the senior leaders below you understand that it’s their responsibility to deliver the results you expect. It’s not simply their job to delegate responsibilities, but also to remain accountable throughout the entire process and keep an eye on all of their team.
#3 – Eliminate corporate barriers
In order to get the results you want, make sure that all egos and personal relationships are held in check. Clearly define the goals of the organization and let your employees know that while you would like there to be a friendly environment in the office, meeting goals and objectives is the primary mission. There should be no one person that feels like they are above doing whatever type of work that needs to be done. In order to really drive this point home, you may have to do some of the lesser, more menial work in times of need to show that you are all part of a team trying to accomplish the same goals and deliver the best results.
#4 – Constantly search for ways to increase productivity
Increasing productivity is always something you should strive for with your business. When productivity increases in the workplace, things get done a lot faster and the results are typically that much better. Try different methods, and compare the outcomes.
Some other things to think about are training your employees to give them the necessary skills they need to deliver better results. This can include project management, business project management and conflict management. All of these abilities will lead your employees to work together more effectively and should make your entire business run more efficiently.