Researchers shared their advice on how HR managers can provide their teams with the optimum environment – here’s how to implement those changes and keep them in place.
- Don’t let your team become stagnant
He said that this leads to one person landing interesting projects and important work that pushes them, while the rest of the team get “business-as-usual projects”, which don’t push them or help them to grow.
“Leaders then complain about the capability gap in their team – which they are perpetuating.”
- See pressure as an opportunity to grow
Training the team around shifting mindsets and giving them tools to evolve their perception of stress is therefore essential.
- Make your team feel safe
“Check in with your team and allow them to confide in you and get things off their chest,” Fraser advised. “Enable friendships at work, reward team and collaborative behaviours, and regularly recognise achievements.”
- Control your environment
“If you want [your team] to grow, do good work and be ‘strategic’, you have to loosen up on the way you let them work,” Fraser said.
He suggested allowing employees to work from home or leave the office to complete projects.
Shifting your internal culture could also help, Fraser said; show colleagues that you respect their time by postponing non-urgent interruptions.
- Be human