As an executive, everyone in your industry is bogged down by deadlines and responsibilities related to their job. Because of this, everyone is concerned with getting their work done, and, often, forgets that increased productivity stems from positive relationships with other members of your team, your job, and yourself.
Therefore, nurturing a productive, happy work environment starts with investing time in actually being with your colleagues, collaborating and creating a positive way of handling issues on your team.
Invest Time in Your Team Members
It’s really all about value. When team members feel valued, they are more likely to take risks and offer ideas that can be game changers for your team and business unit. Getting to know everyone on a personal level increases the value felt by each individual simply because you care. As a result, your team members will feel free to think outside the box and offer ideas that may not work but will lead you to brainstorm a viable solution. You’re able to ignite work relationships, and authentically network to build lasting relationships with those on your team who may one day be influential in your next career move.
Make a “No Complaining” Zone
Voicing conflicting perceptions of office politics often leads down a rabbit hole of complaining. Sure, you want to create a zone where people are free to voice their ideas and opinions, but you complaining is counterproductive. Therefore, a “no complaining” zone is a must. Encourage your team to offer complaints only with solutions. Make it a norm on your team that if a team member disagrees with the way something is going, they must offer a solution to the problem. This establishes accountability and avoids a natural temptation to point out the negative without offering any ideas for ways to fix the problem.
Find Your Fulfillment
Personally, your satisfaction within your job is a result of the fulfillment you get both out of your career and your life. Therefore, to maintain your personal health, you must focus on what fulfills you. It’s important to prioritize the things that bring you joy.
Furthermore, it’s important to encourage your team to do the same. You want happy, fulfilled employees working with you. It not only increases their productivity but also their creativity and loyalty. As a leader, you must lead by example by explicitly sharing what you do to find fulfillment while encouraging others to do the same. Oftentimes, it’s not the salary that’s #1; it’s the culture that determines team success and earns you high employee retention.