Henry Adams famously once said that “Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.” In business, maintaining order among employees and ensuring that your team works together efficiently has always been one of the most important tasks for managers and business owners. Ensuring that your staff are organised is an ongoing challenge and the larger a group of employees gets, the more difficult it becomes to maintain order.
However, in the modern business world, the dream of order has become a reality. From tools such as Deputy’s mobile timesheet app to more dynamic and flexible management philosophies, managers and business owners have more options available than ever before to maintain order in a large team. However, it’s important to first understand the different options available to you to ensure that you make the right choice for the needs of your business.
Let’s take a closer look at how you can maintain order in a large team and create a positive culture within your business.
Test Out Rostering Software
One of the cornerstones of “order” in the workplace is effective scheduling. However, nothing is more time-consuming for business owners and managers than trying to juggle the availability of staff with the staffing requirements of your business.
Rostering software can ease this process and provide your employees with a more flexible and transparent means of scheduling themselves. Allowing your employees to submit their availability in advance and creating schedules based on this information can quickly streamline and simplify the scheduling process. It also allows your team to request time off with the possibility for them to find a quick replacement with ease.
The right rostering software can also serve as an excellent communication tool for staff to interact with each other and coordinate time off in an orderly way. Avoid the chaos of an arbitrary schedule set by you and empower your employees, letting your team work out their preferred schedule. You can still ensure that all of your operational needs are met and that you will never be short-staffed or over-staffed.
You have the option to oversee and approve as much or as little of this process as you feel comfortable with. With tools like this, you have the potential as a manager to free up your time and focus your efforts on growing and expanding the business.
Build Solid Relationships And Open Communication
Being an active, hands-on manager and avoiding micromanaging of your staff will help to build a relationship of trust and respect, ultimately bolstering your relationship with your team. With this positive approach to management, you will avoid alienating yourself from your employees, which can make the task of maintaining order much more difficult.
Establish a working culture of mutual respect. Let your employees know that you are there to support them and you are almost guaranteed to see a rise in productivity and overall employee satisfaction. Try circulating through the office, asking employees directly about their work, how their projects are coming along, and making small talk. Your employees will feel more appreciated and respected and maintaining order and structure will be much easier as a result.
Maintaining Order Is An Art And A Science
Managing and maintaining order in the workplace is a classic blend of soft and hard management skills. It takes some knowledge to be good but it takes intuition to be great. Use the tools you have available to you to assist you in your efforts to build a positive work environment. Making a concerted effort to be a team player while maintaining your role, as a leader will help you to create a productive and positive work environment in which it will be much easier to maintain order. Remember that your employees will perform best when provided with meaningful direction from the top and it will be much easier to have everyone rowing in the same direction if you are leading by example.