“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships”- Michael Jordan.
For your organization to successful teamwork is essential. If you are alone working dedicatedly, you cannot lead an organization to success until and unless each person working in your organization exhibits similar dedication and enthusiasm for work. So, for your organization’s long-term success you must work on promoting high-quality teamwork within your company. But, for this to happen successfully, there is a prerequisite and it is ‘good team management’. A team cannot work on its full potential if there is an absence of good team management. Internal conflicts, lack of coordination, and bonding along with other similar things can disrupt its potential. So, it is crucial for you to establish good team management within your organization.
For this, one simple yet really effective strategy to practice is employee engagement.
Given below are 5 ways in which employee engagement leads to good team management:
1. Employee engagement fuels employee motivation
A motivated team is always an asset to have. When your team is motivated to work, it yields extraordinary productivity, combats all work challenges with courage, and stands by your expectations. You don’t have to keep reminding people to work, instead, they are self-motivated to complete all tasks within the assigned timelines. To sum up, a motivated team is easy to manage or we can also say that it is self-managed in nature. You just need to put in slight efforts to keep it in high spirits. So, for good team management, you need to work on cultivating a motivated team and for this, employee engagement is the best. This is because engaged employees are self-driven to give their best performance at work. If you cultivate a team of engaged employees, it will be self-driven to yield the best results. Thus, employee engagement fuels employee motivation and makes good team management possible.
2. Employee engagement promotes a collaborative work environment
Your team can function effectively only in the presence of a collaborative work environment. Even if a few of your employees are not good team players, your team cannot give its best. This is because a single rot apple is enough to rotten all the apples in the basket. If any of your employees doesn’t give the required input in the team, the rest of the team members also start relinquishing their efforts. As a result, the productivity of the entire team suffers. But, if you have a collaborative work environment in your organization, your employees will certainly become good team players and employee engagement is really instrumental in establishing such an environment. This is because engaged employees are calm, friendly, and warm in nature. They try to mix up with their colleagues and do not display any toxic behavior. So, if you cultivate an engaged workforce, you will have a collaborative environment in your organization and then, a well-managed team itself gets formed in your company.
3. Employee engagement enhances employee happiness
Imagine you have two unhappy people in a room. What will happen? The whole environment of the room will become negative. Now, imagine having two happy people together in a room. What will happen? The entire room will light up with their happy energy and cheerful demeanor. The same is true with your team. It is just like a room where some people are living together. If they are happy, they will have a happy time together and won’t lose their energy to negative emotions. Otherwise, if you have a team of unhappy people, internal conflicts will occur and even the best team management practices will fail to help. So, for good team management, it is best to have a team of happy employees. Further, to have a workforce of happy employees, the best strategy to implement is employee engagement. This is simply because engaged employees are happier at work as compared to disengaged ones. They get engrossed in working and find their peace in it. So, employee engagement helps you fulfill one of the biggest goals of team management i.e to prevent internet conflicts by enhancing employee happiness.
4. Employee engagement makes employees energetic and productive
Good team management is about cultivating an energetic and productive team. Although, this task is challenging, having an engaged workforce makes it easier. Engaged employees are zealous about their work. As a result, they are extremely energetic and productive in nature. You just assign them a task, and they will never let you down. Gallup has also highlighted the same in one of its reports. It states that business units with engaged workforces experience 17% higher productivity. This is simply because an engaged workforce is extremely productive. Now, imagine if you have a team of such energetic and productive employees, what will happen? You won’t need much effort to keep them productive and working in high spirits. This promotes good team management. So, you should work on cultivating an engaged workforce in your organization.
5. Employee engagement lowers employee absenteeism
One of the biggest aspects of good team management is to ensure that the team functions at its best every day. But, this task becomes quite challenging when you have a high rate of employee absenteeism. This is because of the absence of a single employee impacts the productivity of your entire team. The workload on individual team members increases, making the team less productive in nature. But, if you have an engaged workforce in your organization, you won’t have to suffer from high employee absenteeism. This is because engaged employees are passionate about work and exhibit lower absenteeism. Gallup has also highlighted this finding in one of its reports. It states that highly engaged business units have 41% lower rates of employee absenteeism. So, if you have an engaged workforce, you will not have to worry about the frequent absenteeism of your team members.
Teamwork is the foundation of an organization’s success. So, it is crucial for you to have an environment of teamwork in your organization. But, for this to happen, you need to fulfill a prerequisite which is ‘good team management’. Once you fulfill it, your organization will fly high in success with the strong wings of teamwork. Further, the fulfillment of this prerequisite becomes quite easy when you have an engaged workforce in your organization and the above-mentioned points validate the same.