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Success in business looks different to everyone, but one of the most common (and important) ways is knowing you’re responsible for a high-performing team of employees. As well as creating an enjoyable working environment for your employees, high-performing teams can improve the success of your business.
Keep reading to find out more about what makes a high-performing team and how you can help to foster one in your business.
High-performing teams all have one thing in common: they’re groups of people who work together to achieve a shared result. These teams are constantly meeting targets and setting new records, all because their skills complement one another.
Your team might be made up of people with the same skills and experience working towards a common goal, or a group of people with different skills who round each other out.
For example, a small plumbing business may have one or two qualified plumbers and another person in charge of scheduling jobs and finance. If they all work well together and continue to reach their business goals, they’re a high-performing team.
Not every team of employees will be high-performing. But if you’re hoping to boost the performance of your team and see business growth, you can use the below as a guide to help you get started.
Of course, one way to start is at the hiring process. Whether you’re setting up a new business and hiring your first staff members or bringing some new employees on board to help round out your team, it’s important to develop your recruitment process before you begin.
By clearly defining your job roles and organisational structure, you’re setting your employees (and your business) up for success from the start.
One way to make sure everyone is hitting their targets and helping to grow the business is by identifying both individual and company roles. Having a clear vision statement and mission statement can help you make strategic decisions for your business – such as identifying reasonable targets for your employees to reach.
This can then trickle down to each person’s individual roles and responsibilities. These clear distinctions can help organise workflow to make sure your team’s valuable time is well spent.
One way to ensure your team continues to perform highly is by giving good feedback. Giving feedback is important as it helps your team know what they’re doing well – and which areas they may need to improve on.
However, it’s important that you give any feedback (both positive and negative) in a constructive way. Don’t just say when someone’s work is good or bad, give thoughtful feedback that can help your team to grow.
When giving feedback, it’s important to remain supportive and objective. If giving negative feedback, offer actionable suggestions on how to improve. And giving clear examples of work done well can be a great way to give positive feedback.
While not compulsory, offering incentives is a good way to raise spirits, keep your staff motivated, and help your team feel appreciated. This can be anything from an extra day of holiday for the team member who smashes their targets or even a team lunch to celebrate a job well done.
Check out our guide to employee retention strategies to learn more about how incentives and benefits can lead to a high-performing team.
While every high-performing team looks different, there are a few common characteristics you’ll see across industries:
Teams come in all shapes and sizes, but there are a few tried and tested models you can base your team structure on. Some examples include:
Even if you have a high-performing team already, there’s always room to grow. Having regular check-ins with your team can help identify areas to develop as a business. You can recognise learning opportunities – or maybe your employee has a few ideas of their own – and ways to streamline processes.
Some ideas to help develop your team’s skills include:
If you’re looking for some motivation for your team, check out some of these quotes to inspire high-performing teams:
How have you helped to build a high-performing team in your business? Let us know in the comments below.
Rosanna Parrish is a Copywriter at Simply Business, specialising in legal and HR content. Trained at London College of Communication, she has been creating content professionally for eight years at publications across the UK and Spain. Starting her career in health insurance, she also worked in education marketing before returning to the insurance world. Rosanna also writes about wellbeing in the workplace. She lives by the sea and does her best writing in coffee shops.
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