It’s getting to be that time again. One of your key people has given their notice, or you’ve pinpointed a weakness in your business and you need to promote the right person in order to make your company stronger. But how do you know who to promote? Lots of great employees are hard-working worker-bees, but they’re not cut out for making decisions or need supervision to stay on task. You also don’t want someone who can’t connect with people trying to manage your staff wisely. We have a solution.
While an independent worker, who you can trust to be efficient, is a great asset to any business, these employees won’t necessarily make the best leaders. This is because most businesses require people to work together in order to get things done. Teamwork and team management are mandatory skills for supervisors and other leading members of your business, and unfortunately, they don’t each playing-nicely-with-others in university. Fortunately, it’s a skill many people have just picked up on there own, so consider an escape from a locked room at Esxoss Manway the final exam. Pay attention to your employees as they struggle together to solve the room. How is the dynamic of the group working? Who’s really leading the group? Remember, the person making the most noise isn’t necessarily the real leader.
A proper team dynamic with is going to require top notch communication. This means speaking, sharing ideas, and most importantly, listening. Keep an eye out for the employee who brings the team together. Who’s listening to other people and then using those ideas to effectively create a plan? Who’s clearly communicating what the next step is and what information needs to be used on which problem? In essence, who’s turning this pack of individual employees into a team.
It takes more than experience and bossing people around to be a good candidate for a promotion. You’ll need to find a candidate that helps your employees to function as a team, who’s happy doing some of the heavy lifting themselves, and who can listen to those around them as well as direct others. Excellent communication, leadership, and teamwork aren’t skills that are taught in post secondary, so choose team building activities that will help you to determine which of your employees is best suited for that promotion.