When you are looking to make your real estate business as efficient as possible, you’re going to want to create a real estate team. These people can help you manage different areas of the business and when you are all working in harmony, you can expect that the business will run like a fine oiled machine and productivity is at the maximum.
However, when you are experiencing a lull in productivity, it could be because your team is troubled by one of four problems (or, maybe all?). Here are four common habits that can really effect the overall efficiency of your team.
Like all things in this life, if you want to get things done and done well, there has to be communication between yourself and everyone on the team. The way your team communicates with one another can make or break your business, and if your team isn’t communicating, then how can you expect them to work together? You can’t, and that is a huge problem. When everyone is communicating with one another, everyone is on the same page, and there are fewer chances of there being a mistake anywhere down the line.
Undefined Job Descriptions
When you leave duties unassigned, it won’t get done—it’s as simple as that. People are more apt to say, “That’s not my duty” or “that isn’t one of my responsibilities” and that could lead to some serious problems down the road. It is important that when you are creating your team that each of their roles are clearly defined. Not only will this help you hold them accountable for things that aren’t done (or aren’t done to your liking), but it can also help you determine who is or isn’t pulling their own weight. Also, defined duties can help you and the team fill in for someone if there is anyone missing, whether due to an illness, vacation, or personal matter.
Many of us try to be in more places at once than is humanly possible, and when that happens, there is a potential for some important duties to fall through the cracks. When you are determining the job responsibilities to your team members, you’ll want to factor in their strengths and weaknesses too. You don’t want to put someone on a task that they struggle with when their talents could be better used elsewhere. If there is a problem with team members falling behind and work is left being undone, perhaps you may want to considering hiring another member, even if part time, to help take some of the burden off the others.
One of the biggest culprits behind an inefficient team is procrastination. More often than not, when people say “I’ll get to it later,” it rarely ever gets done, and it is forgotten altogether. You want to stress to your team that it is important to tackle assignments and duties as soon as it is possible to so because the longer you wait, the more the work piles up and there are more chances for things to be forgotten.
Remember, if you want to run an effective team, the most important thing to practice is communication. You can never go wrong with communicating with one another, whether it is via email, phone conference, memos, or in-person meetings. Communication is key!