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5 Keys to Setting and Managing Team Expectations (Infographic)
As a team leader or manager, the responsibility of ensuring smooth team collaboration falls onto you. Individual skills and talents play a role, but they won't translate into success if the team can't work together. But before anything else, ask yourself: do you know what you are expecting from your team?

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The importance of managing expectations

According to Qualtrics, employees do not engage properly when they are unsure of their company’s goals.

When your team ...

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Communicate clearly and frequently

Communication is essential and comes first when setting expectations with your team.

Have a plan in place from the start to ensure your team understands what you are expecting from them.

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Roles and responsibilities documents

Your team will work as a unit if every member is aware of their own responsibilities and the importance of their work in the organization.

This can be accomplished by creating a document that...

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The importance of being efficient

Your team needs to know that they are required to use their time at work efficiently and effectively.

To get an indication of their productivity, track the total time they have worked and com...

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Set hours for working

Working together at the same time can give a big boost to productivity.

Consider requiring your team to work together for a few specific hours in the day.

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Develop a team bond

Your team should be willing to engage and feel assured that they can offer and expect help if they need it.

The key is to make everyone feel welcome and needed for team-wide success.

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Why setting expectations is critical

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Communication

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