While we may not have been ready for everything 2020 threw at us – the one thing many small business owners are saying is that their team is what keeps them going on the darkest of days. It’s more important than ever to focus on our team and ensure we are giving them the tools and support they need to be their best. Our own fearless leader and team manager, Nora Sheils, shared her 5 tips to successfully manage a team with Authority magazine recently. Here’s the recap:

Be supportive

LISTEN! Every single time I’ve scheduled a formal check-in with an employee just to see how they are doing or what they need, it has opened the door for changes we can make to better their experience and set them on a path to success. 

Be an ally

Be someone they can trust and look up to for advice. My employees regularly talk about how they enjoy working for me because I’m not only someone that can provide them with real-life advice, but also someone they can come to with anything. 

Support teamwork + collaboration

One of the best ways to learn is to collaborate! Talk with others doing the same tasks as you and experience the differences. It might change how you look at things and how you work altogether. Or, it might solidify that what you are doing works best for you. At the very least, it will give you a personal experience with another team member that can strengthen your bond. It’s all about keeping an open mind and both learning and supporting others on the team.

Be understanding

Understand what each employee needs to be motivated and successful. Every employee needs something different to continue to feel motivated and appreciated.

Make them feel special

Everyone likes to be recognized! Whether it is a surprise birthday celebration, a public shout-out or gifts just because, you must make your employees feel appreciated and special. 

Read the full article over at Authority Magazine for additional tips, Nora’s advice for other founders, and her favorite quote!