We spend on average 8 hours a day at work. Wow. 8 hours. Just think about that for a minute. 8 hours working alongside hopefully imaginative, passionate, dedicated people. But how can you make those 8 hours as productive for your team as you can for yourself?
I believe “making it human” goes a long way. You need to connect with your team, find out what makes them tick, what they are passionate about outside of work and what they dream about doing.
Now this is a fine line. You need to be able to bond and make friendships but never lose sight of the fact that you are still their boss. You need to be able to make judgement calls about those individuals and to an extent remain dispassionate about them. So it’s a fine line between being disingenuous and being overly friendly.
The best relationships are those that allow you to walk that fine line. I’ll give you an example; one of my best friends was promoted above me and became my line manager. Now you might think that this would be a nightmare situation, but actually we managed to navigate around this well. She was able to lay it on the line when things weren’t going well as we were both able to dis-connect our friendship from our business relationship. She’s still one of my best friends now.
There were other times when I didn’t tread this line well and I was not able to reign in certain behaviours, I’d blurred the lines and become unable to make that judgement call. It’s easily done.
Teams that bond and work together and in my experience far more productive and dedicated to their work. And as a result they are happier, meaning you are happier meaning that everyone can have a good day.