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IT Team Productivity

Author: Pete Langlois/Tuesday, October 25, 2016/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Technology

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We all acknowledge the fact that IT in general has made employees significantly more productive. But, when it comes to ensuring that the IT team is as productive as the tools and systems they manage, things can get a little fuzzy. Lately, almost every CIO to whom I have spoken has been focused on promoting the business value of the IT department, and pushing for improvements via IT productivity. Yet, few have a solid game plan for how to ensure their team is working at its peak. There is a critical difference between a team that is busy, and a team that is productive.

Check out these five tips to help you support productivity within your IT team:
 

Goals. Many IT teams focus on the final deliverable, but don’t always set short-term goals. Teams are more productive when they have a series of 90-day milestones to work toward.

Roles. Even when a team understands what they are working toward, each member needs a clearly defined role. People contribute the most when they understand how they fit into the project team, and that they are needed for the success of the project.

Tools. To get the most out of your IT team, invest in the proper tools. Deploy secure, user-intuitive solutions to cut down on manual hours and improve accuracy in identifying and solving problems.

Flow. Design your workflow to eliminate unnecessary steps and keep employee momentum moving forward. Ensure that time consuming reports, memos, and status updates are really necessary. Nothing impacts IT productivity more than unnecessary “busy work.”

Meet. Hold regular team meetings to share the overall project vision with the team and get everyone on the same page. Do not meet for the sake of meeting. Meeting should deliver information employees can use vs. information they already know.

 

Productivity, like any management discipline, takes planning and ongoing attention. Enjoy tangible results by applying these guidelines.

 

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Pete Langlois
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Pete Langlois

Pete Langlois is the Chief Sales Officer at GEE Group. His blog leverages his decades of experience in hiring, training and retaining top talent and covers trends and issues of interest to employers and job candidates alike.

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