Team alignment can help your company scale up fast. When your team isn’t aligned, executing your goals becomes incredibly difficult. Find out why your team isn’t aligned and how it’s holding you back from success.
Why Your Team Isn’t Aligned
1) You're Not Communicating
Successful companies use a frequent rhythm of communication to keep track of everyone’s tasks and address problems as soon as they arise. Why you don’t know what your team members are working on, overall productivity decreases. Imagine the following:
A colleague begins working on a project, but ends up putting the work to the side to deal with a higher priority. When other coworkers take on the original project a month later, they don’t know what has been completed or how far the original team member got. See the problem? Frequent communication at all levels is key to avoid this type of inefficiency.
2) Your Goals Aren't Clear
If your executives have specific key priorities for the quarter or year, everyone in your organization needs to be aware of them. Otherwise, you have lower-level employees focused on tasks that aren’t high-priority. When this happens, the important tasks often go by the wayside, and you’ve got a big problem.
Keep priorities clear and make sure that your entire team is on board with which objectives are particularly essential or time sensitive. There are different ways to communicate your strategy and priorities, but find a way that works for your team. Check out other ways that you can improve your operations to execute your goals.
3) You Can't Measure Your Progress
Metrics matter. Your team members might think that they’re making great strides on the path to achieving company objectives, but if you’re not tracking your progress, it’s impossible to gauge. Successful companies often use Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure how well performance matches company objectives.
Another helpful tool is a company dashboard, which lets employees view and input data about how well individual goals are being met. Without this quantifiable information, your team and executives are at a loss as to how well your organization is performing in line with initial company objectives.
Goal alignment is incredibly important to boost your productivity and increase your company’s chances of scaling up. See if your company is falling short in any of these areas, and implement tactics to better align individual and organizational goals.
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