A football team is comprised of linebackers, receivers, guards and a quarterback. Despite their title, the players work together to meet one common goal—to score a touchdown. Your business can work according to the same dynamic. Encouraging teamwork throughout your business builds trust, stimulates creativity and improves efficiency. If two heads are better than one, think of what a team of five could conjure up during a quick brainstorming session. Use these methods to help your employees collaborate effectively, so your team always scores the winning touchdown.
Outline the Benefits
Before you put a new system in place, introduce it to your team and explain the benefits. This builds their trust in you and gives everyone a chance to discuss how to collectively make the new system work. Allow your employees the chance to express any positive feedback or negative concerns they might have about teamwork. Try to understand why the negative comments are being made and address them before the end of the meeting to resolve any potential issues that might occur.
Organize Social Activities
If your employees aren’t comfortable with each other, they may not deliver their best work. As a leader, you should encourage your employees to converse outside of the realm of work by hosting fun activities. Celebrate an employee’s promotion with an in-house happy hour, or treat the team to a surprise lunch outing. Not only will this help everyone loosen up, but they will also appreciate your form of encouragement.
Get to Know Your Employees
Paying attention to the personalities and styles of your employees can help when formulating teams. You don’t want to place three very strong-minded people on one team, or they may never come to a decision. Think about the personalities and experiences that would compliment one another when strategically forming teams.
Lead by Example
Show your employees that you can walk the talk. Even the quarterback participates in formulating team plays. Contribute to brainstorming sessions and participate in an occasional team meeting you might not attend on a regular basis. Demonstrate that you’re not just the leader; you’re a part of the team, too.
Listen to your employee’s ideas and compliment them on a job well done. You can even use their discussion as inspiration for a bigger project you might be working on. You never know where the next big idea will come from, that will take your business to the next level.
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