Addressing the Emergent Dynamics of Growing an Organisation

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Being the only person that knows how to perform a particular task is bad for your organisation, and can make it impossible for a vacation to be relaxing. This does not automatically mean that you cannot get some (exceptionally skilled) help with things when you are gone.

Whether it is your first time hiring help, or you already have trusted pinch-hitters on standby, there are some steps you can take that will make it easier to bring someone into the fold. You can even quiz your staff on their passions, and bring in people to help them cultivate them. Alternatively, you can create mentoring programs, so that you can guide employees in the right direction. This will come in handy, especially with distributed software development teams. The right amount of mentoring can help them create strong bonds among themselves and be of help to each other when needed in the work setting.

You can also send employees to a leadership development course, or allow them to pick and choose the online course that they want to attend. At the same time, you could even create an effective e-learning storyboard, helping to provide e-learning opportunities for more employees, helping to upskill them and improve their job comprehension.

By giving your employees these perks of the highest level, you make them feel important. Allowing your employees to share in the knowledge that they have gained over the years they have served is another good way to both reward and acknowledge them. The job is to implant a mindset about how important employees are and how much their work has helped grow the company. Some owners take it for granted that employees are there to perform the tasks that are assigned to them, and they believe because this is expected, that no thanks are needed.

In some cases, employees perceive remote managers as being detached from their needs, and thus not supporting or helping in getting the job done. This can create a misunderstanding. Managers should make the effort to help their employees not only get the job done but also upskill themselves in the process. To that end, perhaps managers could take an effort to become better at handling their employees’ needs by undergoing leadership team coaching and establishing a clear and effective line of communication with them.

Speaking of communication, now with the outbreak of Covid-19, many employees–and their managers–are finding themselves working outside of an office, separated from one another, for the first time. Therefore, companies are desperate for ways through which they can connect and communicate with employees in an efficient manner. One way to do that could be by developing a communication application exclusive to the company. The company may use secure coding methods to build the application that can prevent any ransomware or data breach attack. By having a customized communication application, managers and employees can have a seamless communication channel, which can help in getting the work done efficiently.

While nearly one-quarter of the American workforce already works at home at least some of the time, new policies are leaving many employees — and their managers — working out of the office and separated from each other for the first time. Your employees are the ones that will produce results, which is why it is critical that you stay on top of what is happening with employees.

Your hardworking employees, in the beginning, will have room to make better decisions in order to do their job as best as they can. The manager has to look after things, starting with setting a foundation of hiring people, and getting them to do their job. A project manager will have to occasionally assume human resources duties such as negotiating for current employees to have their work duties, managing their time and keeping up their promises on a project, bidding might need to happen and contracts need to be reviewed, and keeping everyone in line so that the team moves forward on schedule.

Look at it from an employee’s point of view: if you are taking the reins of a project for the first time, or even if you have the experience of managing multiple projects, take special care with project managers’ roles and responsibilities to ensure your projects success. Laying out all of your responsibilities and getting support from your peers can make you feel more confident approaching a manager.