How can managers encourage the best performance from their teams?

Friday, April 4th, 2014 By Jack Nevison

By encouraging team engagement, companies are making an investment in their own performance. The question becomes: What elements should be in place to ensure that teams are motivated to give their best efforts? This is a question that all project managers should consider.

A recent article in the Harvard Business Review offers several suggestions for encouraging engagement. First, as a project manager, it is up to you to make sure that all team members are a good fit for their respective roles and understand what is expected of them. You should be closely involved with your team members and share your enthusiasm with them about the work to be done. They will learn to trust you and your leadership.

Second, it is important to be direct when it comes to managing projects. Don't be shy about pushing team members to do better. They need to know that if they are going to be part of a successful team, they must give their best effort every day. It is demoralizing to the team if managers fail to discipline members who who aren't pulling their weight.

Finally, no project manager should blame the slow economic recovery as an excuse for poor leadership and lack of direction. While it is true that many companies have been forced to make layoffs as a result of the recession, innovative and affordable policies and procedures can help companies remain productive.

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