The Way We Work
November 7, 2013 by Gary Swart

As a manager, you are only as good as your team. Attracting all-star talent is just the first challenge (though it’s certainly a formidable one)—from there you have to make sure these A-players you’ve brought on board are engaged and given the environment they need to thrive. Otherwise, you will lose them as quickly as you hired them.

Admittedly, that’s easier said than done. So how do you create a work environment where your team members can thrive?

In his latest post for the LinkedIn Influencers program, oDesk CEO Gary Swart addresses that very question. He writes:

The job of any manager is to create an environment where everyone can do their best. Your team members’ success or failure is your responsibility. Further, the success or failure of your business depends upon your team’s ability to effectively do their jobs. I hate to break it to you, but we are talking about giving them more than free lunches and foosball. A good leader gives their team four key things: clarity, responsibility, standards and open communication. 

To read more about those four things—and how you can put them to use in your own business—check out the full post on LinkedIn here.

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Gary Swart is the CEO of oDesk, the world’s largest online workplace. Gary is a thought leader in entrepreneurship; how best to hire and manage teams; and the future of work, including online work. He is passionate about helping small businesses thrive, fueled by his extensive experience working with startups and small businesses that use oDesk, as well as by mentoring entrepreneurs and business school… read more