Culture. It’s one of those buzzwords you hear over and over, but creating a workplace culture that’s not only warm, but productive, is easier said than done.
Our Project Management team, headed up by Aisling Hollowood, seems to have cracked the code. Aisling has a philosophy: It’s all in the feeling.
It’s a delicate cocktail. She recommends starting with two bottles of prosecco. From there, you listen. Really listen. Find out what they’re passionate about. Whether they enjoy the complexity of a challenge, or get overwhelmed by stressful situations. Some people in her team need a problem to solve.
Some need a bit of craic before they crack on. Her words.
If you can get to the heart of what makes people tick, you can create a culture based on how you want them to feel. Making space for the interactions that motivate people – be those interpersonal or professional – is the first step to getting your team to function as a unit.
Once you know your team as individuals, pairing personalities to projects, colleagues and clients becomes smooth sailing. Of course, there are speedbumps, as with any team, but navigating them when you understand what motivates, and what demoralises each person makes overcoming challenges much easier.
Long story short – the key to good management is simple: Get to know your team as people first, and you’ll be able to motivate them to work better as professionals.