Keeping Track of Yourself and Employees



Businesses are full of ideas; new products, updated processes, the latest campaign, etc. Combined with the everyday tasks that need to be completed to move the company forward, it’s no surprise that to-do lists become hefty, fast. As an owner or manager, it’s your job to make sure that your team is making deadlines and moving the business forward. This isn’t an easy task. I spoke with our President, Brian J. Staver to get tips on how he keeps himself and his team motivated to reach the business goals.

Keeping Track

“Every week I meet with my department directors to review and discuss their previous week and what the current week looks like for them. We discuss completed projects, new ideas, and other happenings that keep the business moving forward,” stated Brian.

We are all guilty of setting a meeting, executing the meeting and then getting back to your desk and thinking, “What did we just talk about?” Taking an agenda and minutes for all meetings let’s everyone involved know what will be discussed so they can prepare and outlines tasks after the meeting.

The Bottom Line

Most of the time, bringing ideas to the table is the easy part and the most exciting part. As a leader, it’s your job to dig in to the project and find out if this will really bring value to the organization. Take it a step further and evaluate this project against other projects on the list. How does it stack up?

“Every time someone on my team brings me an idea the question I ask myself is ‘How will this affect the bottom line?’ and that’s what I encourage my employees to think about when they are delegating their tasks for the day/week, “stated Brian.

At the end of the day, you’re running a business and if the idea/project doesn’t have the ROI to justify the resources, it moves farther down the list.

Time is Money

The most valuable resource that goes along with a project is time. How long will this project take? How many team members will need to be a part of this project?

“The more people on my team that are involved, the harder I am looking at the project to determine the value. I want to make sure that my team is spending the most focus on their department and company goals. So if something is going to take their focus off of that, it better be worth it,” said Brian.

The more people that are involved, the more time is being taken away from multiple departments. Going back to the bottom line, if the return on your investment isn’t there, then you don’t want to potentially waste a lot of your employee’s time with a project that won’t benefit them.

Setting Deadlines

Projects and ideas are great, but the success of an idea is determined by how it can be completed and implemented. One of the best ways to ensure that plans are moving forward is by holding your employees accountable. Starting with setting a deadline. Breaking down the project piece by piece and setting individual deadlines for each moving part is one of the best ways to reach the overall deadline.

“I myself am getting better with setting deadlines not only for myself, but for my team as well. This way it holds everyone accountable for their portion of the work. When employees start missing continuous deadlines, that’s when there is a problem,” continued Brian.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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