As a project manager, you have a huge role to play in ensuring that a project is successfully completed but you should never forget that the project team members are also important stakeholders in the project.
Therefore, when there is no form of project cohesion or collaboration among team members, it will lead to decreased productivity from team members and a general dissatisfaction from other key stakeholders. This will indicate that the project will most likely fail.
So what can you do to make sure that the wheels of work between your team members are constantly well oiled?
The 4 tactics below will definitely point you in the right direction.
- Clearly identify and communicate the goals of the project and your expectations from each team member
After the project charter has been received and a project management plan designed, do not forget to break down the work structure for each of your team members including your expectations from each of them that will serve as their performance indicators.
Clearly define every one’s role in the project (the work breakdown structure will come in handy here) and expected deliverables and do not leave any room for ambiguity. Furthermore, also ensure that you do not practice any form of favouritism even if you have worked with some team members on other projects and you have an established relationship with them.
This will eliminate every form of hidden jealousy and create a healthy working environment where everyone is treated equally with the same form of respect regardless of role or relationship.
- Review different solutions to problems
As a project manager, do not consider yourself as the alpha in the project by not asking for the opinions of your team members and other stakeholders when you need a solution to a problem.
Listen to different suggestions from your team members and weigh each one with the help of the Change Control Board. Even if, at the end of the day, their suggestions are not applied in the project, they would be grateful for the fact that their voices were heard.
3. Be patient for results
Yes, you have a time frame in which your project must be completed. Yes, exceeding that time frame will definitely lead to extra costs in terms of resources. But no, putting your team under unnecessary pressure, especially for a major problem will not result in a solution. If you do so, your team members may end up feeling useless and will become further unproductive.
If your team members do come up with a result, it will most likely be substandard and done in a haste just to please you. Giving them a little more time will ensure that they come up with the best results to any problem.
- Be open
There exists a temptation among project managers to hide vital information relating to the project from their team members especially when this information is not palatable. Our advice? Don’t do it! Ensure that you maintain transparency throughout the duration of the project as it will leave no room for your team members to feel left out of the loop.
Ensure that your team members have easy access to necessary information and make sure to give them an appropriate reason for every decision you make regarding the project.
Follow these tips to continuously have motivated and productive team members who will always be excited to work with you if a new project arises.
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