Managing employees doesn’t have to be spooky

Blog located in Leadership, Small Business posted on October 29, 2015

Halloween is the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead. Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, costume parties, decorations, and carving pumpkins. It’s also about bringing a community together around the same goals: fun, laughter and sweats.

You can make it spooky, but it doesn’t have to be scary. Especially when it comes to managing employees.

It’s all about trust

Trust is imperative in any team exercise. The kids have to trust the adults with the candies given to them. Likewise, an effective team manager needs to trust his or her team, and team members need to trust each other. This works best when the leader commits to the vision first, setting the example for everyone else.

Trust is a powerful force that builds loyalty, increases credibility and supports effective communications. It gives you the benefit of the doubt in situations where you want to be heard, understood and believed.

With trust comes inclusion

Trust and inclusion go hand in hand. When everyone feels included, they’re more engaged and willing to work together. In order to create a diverse and inclusive organizational culture, senior leaders need to have a positive attitude towards differences. However, a diversity and inclusion strategy won’t succeed if only senior leadership or the human resources team follows it. These values need to be built into every level of your organization in order for the strategy to come to life.

The children playing the spooky party game are all in it together. Add that feeling of cooperation to the hype and thrill of the game itself, and they’re able to get a lot accomplished.

 With inclusion comes motivation

A leader must motivate his or her team on a regular basis. Appreciation is a must. When team members have performed extraordinarily, give them a pat on the back. Performance appraisals, perks, incentives, trophies and prizes are all instrumental in motivating team members to perform even better the next time.

Sure, managing a team can be a little scary at times, but knowing what it takes and learning how to effectively manage one can make the whole thing look like child’s play. Get your vision off the ground by leading your team to success. This thinking and vision of a greater goal works in many aspects of teamwork, and can be a useful trick in effective team management.