There has been no doubt that the last two years and counting have been challenging times. It often feels like one crisis after another without any time to breathe. Even when major global events aren’t causing extreme stress, our teams need all the support they can get from their management structure. How can you support your time in the best way possible? Here are some ideas to get started.
What Are The Best Ways You Can Support Your Team?
The worst thing in a crisis is uncertainty. Often this uncertainty is caused by a lack of communication. But when management doesn’t have any more information than their team, it can feel like there isn’t anything to report. Instead, increase communication. Be transparent and open about what you do and don’t know.
It’s also important to be available in a time of need. Your employees may have questions or concerns; if you’re absent, it will only increase their sense of uncertainty. Even when you don’t have all the answers, be available to talk with your team and let them know where you stand, even if that is currently evolving.
Offer Opportunities for Learning
In times of need or crisis, you may have unique opportunities for your team members. While growth might not be at the top of your mind in these moments, it may provide ways for your team to develop new skills. What can help you accomplish goals differently when things aren’t status quo? These can be great learning opportunities.
Encourage Your Team to Share Their Thoughts
Now is also the time to encourage participation from your employees. Ask for their thoughts and input on what you can do to manage better, how they can be more at ease in uncertain situations, and their needs moving forward.
Develop Your Emotional Intelligence
Emotional intelligence skills include empathy, self-awareness, and cultural awareness. These are crucial skills for managers, and there is no better time than now to hone your emotional intelligence. Learn to put yourself in your team’s shoes and understand what they need and want in this situation.
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