Build team pride and keep everyone informed.
There are many ways to help you team bond, but the most basic aspects of team building are often overlooked. As a manager, it is important to discuss issues with your team members; however, you also need to celebrate your group’s commitment, vision, and achievements on a regular basis. To create a solid foundation, follow these tips for how to build a strong team in the workplace.
Issues and challenges that you face along the way to achieving your goals should not completely overshadow your teams efforts and accomplishments toward them. If they do, your team will quickly become demotivated and you risk losing their focus (and even your own) on those goals.
#1: Create a motto, song, banner, logo, name, etc… and be sure to recognize everyone’s work and accomplishments. It’s not a coincidence that sports teams use these tactics.
“A national representative sample of 1,500 employees was surveyed, which revealed that although there are many factors that impact employee engagement, there are three key drivers:
- Relationship with immediate supervisor
- Belief in senior leadership
- Pride in working for the company”
The study goes on to say:
“By working with employees to create a clear career path and set goals with a potential for growth, a manager can create positive esteem within each team member. By showing them that they are valued and have responsibility, and then to recognize and reward them for a job well done, a manager can create an ‘involved employee.’ It is then much easier to turn that sense of involvement into enthusiasm and a sense of pride in ownership that creates the highest levels of engagement with employees.”
#2 This should be part of a greater effort to keep everyone informed through regular emails, calls, or meetings. Information will assure your team that progress is being made, even if through small steps. Keep track of the work being done by creating a timeline for key objectives.
To get more tips for building a stronger team, check out these tips for engaging employees.
What strategies are you using to build a strong team?
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There are little things that people do that can cause us to scream in our heads – “Oh My God, Oh My God, Oh My God, will you stop PLEASE!” – but the annoyances are usually so trivial that no one ever really shares their frustration out loud…at least not until it’s too late to sound rational. (more…)
In business and in life, people are rewarded and praised for success, which creates a culture where we don’t learn from failure.
Don’t have the big budget for a team building extravaganza? No worries! We’ve got you covered with plenty of Do-It-Yourself Team Building Products you can choose from in our DIY Store. You don’t always need tons of time or money for a big team building activity or retreat.
#2 Greenscape your workspace. Now that you’re carpooling to work, want to greenscape your workspace? Here’s what you do.
#1 Carpools, rideshares and biking. Oh my! Going green isn’t just about what you do at home. If you’re spending 40 hours a week at work, that’s likely over 35% of your waking life in an office. You may have noticed that for a team of people, that much time in the office can all add up to a lot of waste.
When it’s summer time, head outside to enjoy the rays and blue skies. DYI (Do it yourself) outdoor team building is a great way to learn new activities while surrounded by fun company and building strong bonds.
Spring is right around the corner, and with it comes chocolate bunnies and egg hunts. But why should the kids have all the fun? A corporate scavenger hunt is easy to set up and can range from a simple list of things you have around the office, to very elaborate and creative endeavors. The person or team with the most points wins! Here are seven simple tips for making your own DIY office scavenger hunt!
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