The Top 5 Ways To Get Sh*t Done
Post on 18-Nov-2014
DESCRIPTIONIf you head up a team, have recently set up your own flourishing business or work for a more mature organisation, you will understand that productivity levels can sometimes hit a brick wall. Although youll understand that reassessing your priorities and giving your to do list an overhaul can provide a short term solution, changes which filter through the organisation are the ones you need to be making for a long lasting, sustainable future.
- 1. If you head up a team, have recently set up your own flourishing business or work for a more mature organisation, you will understand that productivity levels can sometimes hit a brick wall. Although youll understand that reassessing your priorities and giving your to do list an overhaul can provide a short term solution, changes which filter through the organisation are the ones you need to be making for a long lasting, sustainable future. More and more up and coming businesses, especially those with a creative flair are turning their backs to practices considered more traditional, instead opting for a more forward thinking, positive atmosphere which motivates and inspires. A company who lives and breathes this productive and positive mantra is digital marketing agency Silverbean, who strive to leverage their clients online strategy. Our friend, Tim Pike, who is a search marketing exec over at the firm shares five ways they make sure everyone is top of their game; relevant for any business regardless of size or sector: 1.Stop, collaborate and listenEveryone has deadlines theyve got to meet. Conference calls at 9am that just wont wait, so putting it all on hold in order to have a weekly get together with your colleagues may be the last thing you want to do. You may be reluctant to be prised away from your desk, but by having regular brainstorming sessions and progress meetings you will have a stronger, more efficient and inventive team. As a result youll discover clearer communication and collaboration within your business, and a team that are prepared to help each other out when necessary. Simple, web-based team coordination systems push collaboration levels even further. Eliminating and addressing problems before they escalate or have the opportunity to develop is the underlying element here. 2.Cultivate your culture
2. Whenever you have more than one person working in an office, some kind of culture will develop. Simply put, the happier and more satisfied your employees are at work, the more productive and engaged they will be with the mission of the organisation. Trust is one vital aspect of a companys culture. Encourage staff to take ownership of projects and creative ideas, offer opinions, and develop new interests and skills. Where you dont have to go as far as the likes of Google, with bowling games in work-hours and dedicated snooze areas, Silverbean tries to create a fun atmosphere to strengthen their team, encourage sociability, and get staff to come together in situations that both interest and challenge us 3.Get competitiveA bit of friendly competition never did anyone any harm. If either you or your team are finding it hard to move forward a bit of rivalry could be just the thing. Split your departments into teams and you are sure to immediately see longer working hours and better results. The accolade of being the best or the satisfaction of beating a rival peer will motivate employees tenfold. 4.Clock watchIf youve got the culture right then neither you nor your employees will be metaphorically watching the clock. What were talking about here is monitoring how you are spending your time, and specifically relevant to agencies, how much is being allocated to each client. Silverbean ensures that all members of staff use a time tracking app. Follow suit and youll be able to effectively plan and understand your contracts, usage and resources. 5.Motivate with rewards 3. The Bean vs. Food was a popular contest this year with sampling a range of foodstuffs including hot-dogs; Pringles; Century eggs; anchovies/sardine broth; tinned (wet) dog food, and lastly some hot-sauce and raw naga chillies. The bottom line is that people like to feel valued, and feeling valued leads to a motivated workforce. Where financial rewards are an obvious incentive guaranteed to get results, it isnt always the best or most practical option for smaller businesses. Office parties, social activities outside the office and even weekends away are great alternatives, but often positive recognition is all you need. Silverbean hosts its yearly Beaner awards in recognition of staff members who have gone the extra mile, and on a more frequent basis, closes its doors an hour earlier on a Friday in order to host its infamous Bean Time (team building, games, puzzles, drinking games etc.) to honour employees contribution to a successful week.No matter which avenue you decide to take, try to find the right combination of incentives, apps or tools to lighten the load and drive forward a positive work environment youll soon reap the benefits. - See more at: http://blog.apphappening.com/the-top-5-ways-to-make-sure-sht-getsdone/#sthash.W6dWh0se.dpuf