I received the following email from a manager who reads my blog and I got his permission to post it here, to get input from all of you. What would you do?
Here’s the email:
I have a team of 10 people doing admin based work. The job can be busy but mundane and this can lower the “fun” factor within the team. I have introduced some nice changes to help their day go better as like you, my philosophy is enjoy coming to work and never be stressed about it.
However, like everyone else I can get stressed but its not the workload, it’s the team that bring me down.
Some ideas, I have introduced are:
- Listening to music while they work
- Be flexible with the shifts that they do
- Let them have their moment where they need to walk away from an issue to calm down without any repercussions.
I could go on and we do the team lunches and have events, but there will still be the people that I can’t make happy.
The big issue I have is motivating all of the team. Some of my team are motivated and up for some fun or keen to get on board with a project but there will be a few that will put up the objection obstacles and flatly refuse to get involved, this can bring others down and ultimately put me down which really affects me.
At times it makes me want to move jobs and try again with a new team.
What would you do, as a manager in this situation? Please write a comment, I’d love to hear your thoughts.