How to support your team

Supporting your team at work is so important to the way your employees will perform. It is believed that a strong company culture attracts better talent. Not only will a great company culture attract talent, this will also retain talent – which is a huge benefit for your company. Junior Recruitment and Marketing Manager, Aoife, gives her advice!

1-1 support

It is a good idea to offer 1-1 support for your team as individuals, so that they are aware of what they are doing well at, but also have areas to improve, which encourages them to keep developing. Being a manager that a member of the team can lean on and ask for advice is invaluable. By monitoring individual achievements and having constant communication with your team, allows them to feel supported and fulfilled.

At Thompson & Terry, our MD Ben, offers a tailored 1:1 coaching/mentoring review each month. This allows the team to consistently stay on top of their goals and track their achievements – which is very encouraging and a great way to get the best out of your team!

Goals to work towards

Following on from the previous point, having clear goals to work towards really entices employees to keep pushing (you will get the best out of them, if they feel they are heading in the right direction and have something to work towards). A goal doesn’t always have to be a promotion, it could be an incentive, a gift, an acknowledgment, a salary increase etc.

Finding ways to motivate your team, will always bring you back to having clear and achievable goals set in place. Reaching small milestones every month to work towards the end goal is satisfying.

Remote life

With more of the workforce working from home than ever before, it is essential that supporting your remote team is priority. Often employees may feel isolated or somewhat demotivated and therefore, it is so important to keep a strong communication between yourselves.

One of the biggest challenges we have seen with remote staff and employers, is the increase of micro-management, which does discourage and upset many employees as they don’t feel trusted or valued. It is all about getting the balance right:

  • Clear and consistent communication
  • Being transparent
  • Ensuring employees know what is expected of them and have the means to achieve this
  • Prioritise mental wellbeing
  • Check in on employees, NOT check up

Belonging

We spend a large part of our lives at work, so it is crucial that we enjoy our jobs but also feel fulfilled and valued. Whether you manage a small or large team/business, every single employee deserves to feel a sense of belonging. This encourages employees to stay within the company for a longer time and in turn, results in lower staff turnover and also a real sense of togetherness among other employees.