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Creating a great company culture isn't something that happens overnight. Leaders need to ensure their everyday approach to management is conducive to happy and productive employees. While there is no one way to get this right, there are a few general practices that can help teams join their efforts together more effectively and become greater than the sum of individuals' abilities.

Some of these best practices are actually quite simple, but they may be forgotten in the struggle to keep track of the numerous things happening at all times. Periodic refreshers on the salient points – or dedicated management training courses – could help decision-makers ensure they aren't missing any opportunities to inspire their teams.

"Management decisions seriously affect communication skills."

Communication comes from the top
Some leaders today may find themselves frustrated by employees who seem unable to collaborate effectively on important projects. There's no need to let such situations persist, however. It turns out that management decisions can seriously affect teamwork and communication skills, as Entrepreneur contributor Matt Straz recently explained.

The author quoted Google data on North American employers which found that instilling collaboration from the top down and not letting employees operate within siloed team structures is a great way to boost motivation and happiness. If it appears that professionals aren't communicating with their peers, leaders can act to rectify the situation, checking to ensure each particular staff member has tasks suited to his or her skills, as well as the resources to call for help.

Improving communication between team members can make a big difference.Improving communication between team members can make a big difference.

According to Straz, employing technology that makes workers give updates that can be seen by their peers may be an easy way to keep everyone on the same page. Workers who are aware at all times of their projects' general directions and the contributions of their peers may have an easy time coming up with united solutions rather than staying in their own silos.

Contact goes in all directions
A recent piece by Holmes Report contributor Walter Montgomery delved deep into the ways corporate communications affect business success. He posited that enabling clear lines of contact from the lowest levels of the company up to upper management and on to the customer base can define an organization's culture and help that firm avoid frustration and struggles.

Montgomery further specified that communication should be treated as a skill that deserves specific training and focus, with everyone from the CEO down receiving refreshers to ensure they are able to get their messages across. Removing barriers to effective contact can change a business for the better.