When your business started, there is a good chance that you were the only employee, and therefore team communication was very simple indeed. As a business grows, it is really important to consider how to manage team communication, and ensure it is an effective part of the business culture. Here are some top tips for better communication:
Just checking in on occasion often isn't enough for a young team, especially if they're under pressure. Make time to talk to each of your staff, and give them the opportunity to raise any issues that they feel need discussed. Remember that, as a leader, your job is to enable their success.
Being afraid of talking about certain subjects is the scourge of teamwork. Be prepared to talk about pay and rewards, that awkward team member, stress and pressure. Make sure your team know that you are approachable, and will do your best to listen and help them on any given subject.
It's great to listen, but executing is even more important. If a team member brings an issue to you, and you promise to address it (or even look into it), make sure that you do, and also that you provide feedback afterwards. Nobody likes to go through the pain of raising an issue only to feel that nobody cares. As a leader, it is your job to care.