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?
At TeamBonding we love having the chance to help our clients give back and helping their communities. It’s even better when we can help companies focus on their corporate social responsibilities and actually have an impact instead of creating vague initiatives. Part of the fun for us is coming up with new ideas and creating new programs to continue giving back. We have a variety of programs from our Charity Bike Build and Team Teddy Rescue Bear programs, Operation Military Care to provide care packages to our troops, all the way to Paws for a Cause where you make dog beds, pull toys, or cat scratchers for animals in shelters – among so many other charitable program options!
Mention team building and you’ll see a lot of eye rolls. Mention that you’ve planned a team building event and the room will fill with groans. To a lot of people, team building feels like a corporate buzzword synonymous with forced participation, uncomfortable interaction and just a means to an end. Some think of it as purely a waste of time, taking them away from work they could be doing.
We have an exciting year of trade shows lined up! From ice sculpting demonstrations to battling with bows & arrows, our team is ready to bring the fun to these events across the country. Will you be in attendance at any of these shows?! If so, be sure to swing by our booth and say hello!
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.
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…)
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