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Strategies to Strengthen your Team

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It’s not hard to find someone who loves their job, but finding a team of workers who claim to be collectively engaged is a bit trickier.

Unfortunately, not all bosses do enough to empower employees to give their all to a job, which means opportunities are being missed to attract, develop and retain the talent that makes organisations excel.

Through a positive culture, good practice and organised execution, bosses can hone truly winning teams. But before this can start, key elements need to be in place.

Below are four methods and technologies leaders can employ to build a stronger workforce.

Embrace remote

Research by Intel and Dell finds that perceptions on remote working are changing. Companies that can harness the use of technology in the workplace to accommodate this shift stand to create happier teams and clearer routes to productivity.

Businesses that fail to keep up with the times can appear antiquated and may actually lose out to more forward-thinking organisations that are taking advantage of cutting edge cultures.

To facilitate this dynamic, Dell’s 2-in-1 laptops and tablets are a great solution for professionals seeking seamless connectivity with the data and programmes they need, whether working in an office or on-the-go. Extended battery life, super-high quality displays and secure connectivity are some of the attributes that enable Dell’s innovative designs to grant effective collaboration that brings a workforce together.

Fuel collaboration

Communication is going through a revolution thanks to today’s technologies; it’s now so simple to tap into professional social media to keep everyone in the loop on projects, whether key team members are side by side or on opposite sides of the globe.

Employee engagement also increases when workers are afforded more freedom to operate from where they need to be. Some of the tools that can help develop a new culture of collaboration include:

File sharing: Dropbox and Google Drive are two low-cost, easy-to-use interfaces that enable mass storage and file-sharing. Communication channels prioritise functionality, and all interactions can be backed up on the cloud, giving invaluable peace of mind to both end user and their team.

Org and project management tools: Sites such as Asana, Jira and Basecamp enable you to formulate, develop and delegate tasks. This process is bolstered by features that integrate sharing functionality into projects. Meanwhile, task-specific conversations can be maintained to add that element of ease and to facilitate collaboration.

Shared forums and marker boards: Collaboration is top of the shop once again in tools that drive idea-sharing and informal work conversation. Check out Slack, it enables sharing, mind-mapping and note comparisons which can be divided into any number of inter-team groups. It’s a very useful, very user-friendly tool that puts the office in your pocket.

Allow personal devices at work

Smartphones have become an extension of the human body, so don’t cut employees’ hands off by limiting their access to mobiles during work time.

Businesses need to drop the old-school approach and recognise that all workers – not just Millennials – come with personal devices attached. A flexible BYOD policy is a good way to communicate that this culture is not only accepted but supported.

Affording more autonomy will put more responsibility on the shoulders of workers themselves to manage their tasks and operate with more duty-ownership.

Recognise success

Everyone likes their successes to be recognised, and a working culture that champions this tenet will encourage all parties to go that bit further to set a good example in their work.

Praise is especially welcomed from the corridors of power, so management should not hold back when a pat on the back is really due. Draw deserving candidates into the spotlight by featuring them in the company’s monthly newsletter, or simply by congratulating them in a team, department or evening organisation e-announcement.

Sharing success stories is a great way of using a real, relevant example to communicate positive advice in a way that does not preach, but inspires. Other workers’ eyes will be opened to what higher levels of performance really means. Monetary rewards, gifts or app store credit can add momentum to a culture that celebrates success.

Final thoughts

A company can only be as strong as its constituent parts – the workers. As such, bosses need to recognise and value staff as a firm’s most valuable investments.

With strong leadership and appropriate technology aligned to company goals and objectives, bosses and staff alike can help one another to work more effectively.




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