No matter how efficient and productive your team is, there are always ways that you can help to make it even more productive and efficient. But, you need to do things in a way that is going to show your team that you care about more than just the bottom line, and that you care about them as well. If you are simply barking out orders, don’t expect to have a very productive team, because they won’t be a happy team. Here are some effective ways to improve team efficiency and productivity while being a part of the team and not just a boss.

1. Delegate Responsibility

You can waste a lot of time by trying to save time by doing everything yourself. Other team members can take care of certain jobs. Let them utilize their talents and take on some tasks that you would normally do.

2. Communicate Effectively

It is not enough to simply send out emails when you need to communicate with your team. Look at all of the ways you can communicate, including social networking and online collaboration tools.

3. Know their Strengths and Weaknesses

Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses at work. The more you know about your employees, the easier it will be for you to match the right employees with certain tasks. For instance, if you have an employee who likes to think outside of the box, let them use their creativity to pitch new ideas to clients.

4. Give them Incentives

Everyone works better when they know that there are extra incentives involved. Sure, we all appreciate the fact that we have jobs, but it is nice to be rewarded for a job well done once in a while. Offering incentives will help increase productivity.

5. Eliminate Excess

When employees have small, tedious tasks to take care of, they don’t spend enough time or thought on the more important tasks. Try not to give them a lot of small tasks that aren’t really necessary for them to do, and give them time to focus on the important tasks.

6. Be a Good Example

Your employees look to you as their leader, so behave like one. Set an example, and show them that you are a leader as well as a member of the team. Don’t be afraid to take on the little jobs that you might want to assign to others. Do the work, get your hands dirty, and your employees will respect you and work harder for you.

7. Hold Stand-Up Meetings

We spend far too much time sitting all day at work, so a stand-up meeting is a great way to stretch out those stiff limbs, and get a lot done. These meetings are basically a huddle, and you are acting more like a team.

8. Let Employees Telecommute

You may think that working at home allows people to get lazy and procrastinate. But, studies have shown that employees are often more productive when working from home, because they don’t have any supervisors breathing down their necks. They are more relaxed, and therefore a lot more productive.

9. Set Realistic Goals

Business goals should be realistic and attainable. If employees think that they are never going to reach your goals, they are not going to be interested in working hard. They need to know what the goals are, and that those goals are realistic.

10. Learn to Love Technology

As a team leader, you need to take advantage of the latest software, hardware, and information technology. The more tools you have, the easier it is going to be to be productive and efficient.



Jane Hurst is a writer, editor and avid traveler from San Francisco, CA.