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By being aware of these four team management trends, you'll enter 2021 more energized than ever.
Without a doubt, it can be said that 2020 was the year the world was turned completely upside down for a while. Suddenly, working from home was not a luxury, but the norm. The dividing line between work and home disappeared as a result and the motivation dip occurred. But the pandemic also showed us what kind of resilience lies within us. Because of that resilience, new qualities became visible or even developed. By applying the trends below in your team you will also have more energy yourself and you will be able to tackle new issues.

1. Mental Health
While there are many benefits to the flexibility of working from home, it can simultaneously impact our mental & physical health. With the elimination of the physical distance between work and home, a bit of regularity, routine, meaning and human contact also falls away. There has been a lot of research recently on working from home and the impact of working from home on mental & physical health. This shows that a certain amount of structure, contact, connectedness and physical exertion positively influences our mood and promotes productivity. Therefore, as an employer, it is important to keep a finger on the pulse by and occasional check-in with the team on the above themes.

These trends and tips will make 2021 a different year than before. And even if it seems a bit depressing at times, the situation also offers us many opportunities for development.

2. Learning to give feedback (source: Scale of Collaboration)
Because we now mostly work from home, it is much harder to ask your colleague for feedback or instruction at the well-known coffee machine. Working remotely therefore appeals to independent working and can lead to colleagues not asking for help and/or receiving feedback. If you don't hear anything it will be okay is certainly not true in this day and age. Reserve time for feedback and instruction in an online meeting, preferably one-on-one. The way you give feedback is very important. Real feedback should not be a hint, but a discussion of behavior with clear agreements for improvement. By making real agreements for improvement, you make a deal, so to speak. If you make a real 'deal' then at a later date you can reflect on the behavior and the agreements made and you can grow together. In this way you will be able to coordinate better as a team and work more effectively with each other than before.

3.Outsourcing of tasks

It can seem quite difficult to hand over tasks that you think you can do better yourself. Yet it pays off tremendously to give your employees some extra responsibility and or tasks. The resilience shown at the beginning of the pandemic also shows that there is much more potential in your employees than you might have thought at first. Therefore, don't be afraid to outsource a task once in a while. Plus point: more time to get involved in new things.
4. Become aware of your energydrainers, personal needs and talents
Identifying energydrainers, needs and talents will increase motivation, improve communication and smooth cooperation in your teams. Finding out what can still be improved is also part of this. This allows you to better utilize the potential of everyone in the team and the individual, and therefore the entire team, will deliver better work. If you can put your employees in their power by appealing to their talents, they dare to call themselves an expert and to excel. In this way, you yourself save time and get the best quality of output from your team.
These trends and tips will make 2021 a different year than before. And even though it sometimes seems a bit depressing, the situation also offers us many opportunities for self-awareness and self-development.
Are you also curious what the potential of your team is and how you can optimize it?
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