Ever feel totally out of your element? Chances are that many of your team members do, which makes success difficult to tackle.
We all often feel like everyone around us has their act together and we don’t. Even your most successful employees likely feel a little phony at times.
As The Guardian’s Oliver Burkeman states:
Achieve promotions, or win accolades, and you’ll just have more cause to feel like a fake. Enhance your knowledge, and as you expand the perimeter of what you know, you’ll be exposed to more and more of what you don’t. Impostorism, as Pacific Standard magazine put it recently, “is, for many people, a natural symptom of gaining expertise”. Move up the ranks and if your field’s even vaguely meritocratic, you’ll encounter more talented people to compare yourself negatively against. It never stops.
- 70% of employees feel they are not engaged in their jobs
- 20% said they emotionally “checked out” last year
- 30% of employees say they are involved in important decisions that impact their work and workplace
So, what’s a leader to do!?
To support a successful team, leaders need to connect with employees and encourage them, as well as remind them that they are important assets to the company.
Burkeman suggests that the solution is that higher-ups should talk about their insecurities more. Really, Berkeman is alluding to more transparency and human connections within organizations. Consistently working in isolation does lower morale and affects overall work ethic. In a recent Inc. article about managing change, Will Yakowicz echoes the sentiment of transparency and comradery by suggesting that leaders be up front about pending hardships when announcing a campaign for change.
This kind of clarity and frankness is what makes a successful team bond over trust, conflict reduction and collaboration. After all, 48% of employees said that a loss of trust in their employer led to their resignation.
Team building exercises help form a successful team, too!
Employees that participate in team building exercises are more likely to ask colleagues for feedback, reducing hostility in the work environment. Planned events and team building exercises also highlight your organizations efforts to be a team-centric company. Remember, it costs the equivalent of one-fifth of each employee’s annual salary to replace them, so keep them happy!
What makes your team successful?
Communication affects teamwork in positive and negative ways. The quantity and quality of communication within a team and from leadership affects teamwork. The more collaboration your projects require the more assertive and intentional your communication should be. Every member of the team needs to take the initiative to communicate. When a team is not actively communicating, their work is at stake. It’s important for everyone to learn how to communicate effectively in order to work effectively. (more…)
Team building brings people together by encouraging collaboration and teamwork. Fun activities that help people see each other in a different light allow them to connect in a different setting. People on your team are asked to think about the implications of these activities at their workplace.
Don’t have the big budget for a team building extravaganza? No worries! We’ve got you covered with plenty of DIY activities you can choose from in our DIY Store. You don’t always need tons of time or money for a big team retreat. Take a look at some of our most popular DIY activities down below.
Company culture is becoming a more important aspect of the workplace. Now more than ever, companies are going all out to provide a wonderful experience for their employees. The focus has shifted to making sure they’re happy, engaged and having fun at work. After all, it’s a big factor when choosing where to work. Having fun is key to effectively managing and improving employees’ productivity as it contributes directly to your company culture. It also improves teamwork, builds better trusting relationships and can help increase retention rates.
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