After working with web teams over the last decade, we've recognized a common pattern that arises from successful businesses. Teams that have individuals who own their time produce better work and require less oversight and direction than those that don't. Here are two tips for getting your team members to own their time and meet goals on their own.
Know the purpose of the business: We've written before about the dreadful mission statement and why clearly outlined goals are critical to a team's— and individual members'— success. When you understand the "why" of the business, it becomes much easier for employees to self-direct their time and establish how to accomplish goals. Don't assume everyone gets it, however. A wishy-washy consensus head nod during a team meeting can hide the fact that nobody understands the goals. Make sure everyone is clear and on the same page.
Know the value of a team member's time: Time is money. When team members understand the value of their time, it makes it easier to invest it in the right things for the business. Conversely, team members need to understand how their time creates short- and long-term value. Team members need to be encouraged to invest in things that may not have an immediate benefit to the company. When you're hiring, look for potential team members that truly love what your company does and naturally utilize their skills.
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