Managing people comes with many different tasks. Team building being one of them! Whether you take over a team or create one from scratch, there’s always the task of making sure everyone works well together. With the right atmosphere, people are simply more willing to work together, as long as they’re encouraged to do so!
For many companies/organizations, it is necessary to build good teams for the business to run well. For some, a few rather, people can work as individuals and still manage to get results. Either way, it makes everything easier when everyone gets along in the workplace. People are more likely to provide better service to customers, smile more and feel some satisfaction if the work environment fosters teamwork. It also helps promote employee retention.
While it has all these advantages, team building is anything but simple. It is not something that can be done overnight. Nor is it something you can force people to do. So, how can A LEADER effectively build a team to encourage them to bond and develop working relationships that are positive? There are many things that you can do but my top 5 tips are as follows:
1. Set the example yourself.
We know that a leader who sets the tone is well respected. And it’s easy to follow them – so if the Team Leader has good relationships with their team players, it encourages the team members to get along amongst themselves too. The goal of having a good team is having team members who’re comfortable with their Leader as well as with each other.
NOTE TO A LEADER: DO NOT favour some team members and DO NOT become too friendly either.
2. Encourage relationships to work
Foster a team work style!
This could be introducing the buddy-system where either new team members are matched with existing team members to work with till they’re familiar with the team/work. OR where a number of team members work on 1 project with a main point of contact. Should the main point be unavailable, work continues with the other team members. This encourages relationships to form while work is also achieved.
3. Provide opportunities to get to know each other
... in a relaxed environment.
Team building exercises or fun activities like going out for meals encourage team members to talk in relaxed environments where the main topic isn’t work but rather their families and lives. Relationships form organically through this and people bond over areas of interest.
4. Get to know team members as individuals
Some might be introverts and you may not get to know the real them in a group setting. However, taking time to know each team member individually helps you understand who you’re working with making it easy for you to either allocate work OR match them with other members on tasks.
5. Encourage regular get-togethers
It could be to discuss goals, updates or learn new skills.
Either way, these encourage engagement across the team. Team meetings/briefings are important to ensure everyone is on the same page re team goals, achievements etc. When goals are established, make sure each team player is aware of them. And it’s vital you let them know you expect teamwork.
When team building is successful, there are many things that can happen. Not only will the business run better, but you can foster good qualities in individuals to come out. You can have a bond of trust and reliance with your team. Team building is an exceptional quality that you should encourage in some form or another with your team.
Are you a member of a Team? Do the above sound right? Would love to hear your thoughts whether you are building, or are part of a team.