The success of your business or even the success of your specific department within your company is largely determined by how effectively your team is able to work together toward common goals. You can have a great product or service, but if teamwork is lacking, then your results will be severely limited.
Here are five actionable tips to help you build your team.
Leverage Technology to Increase Communication
Old-school meetings scheduled at regular intervals are not the most effective way for teams to communicate. Today’s workers rely heavily on mobile technology to keep them connected, sharing ideas and feedback in real-time with their teammates. Make sure that your team is equipped with the tools and apps they need to instantly message each other and share and view photos, videos, and documents with the click of a button. They can still meet virtually through group chat or in person on a set schedule, but spontaneous sharing of ideas should make up the majority of their communications on a daily basis.
Schedule Team Lunches
Team lunches are a great way for team members to get to know each other and experience some down time together. Consider sponsoring a weekly team lunch at a local eatery to encourage professional friendships and give everyone a chance to get to know each other a little better while still centering the activity around their workday.
Get Everyone Involved
A team is only effective when everyone on the team is enabled to participate equally. You should encourage everyone on the team to provide input on goal-setting, measuring progress and sharing the workload. This gives each individual a sense of value and camaraderie within the team environment along with ownership of their outcomes.
Go on a Fun Retreat Together
All work and no play makes for a very boring team. Provide opportunities for team-building exercises in a fun environment as your budget allows. You might take your team on a dinner cruise to celebrate their successes, or you might head to Las Vegas or overseas to attend an industry conference. An activity like a Go Dream escape room can let you have fun and learn how to work together effectively.
There are nearly endless opportunities available for fun team-building activities. Just make sure to schedule these activities during normal business hours when possible to avoid cutting into personal or family time.
Create Clear Expectations
As fun as it is to think outside the box and do a lot of fun, team-building activities, at the end of the day it still comes down to results. The best way for your team to get the results your business needs is to make sure all team members have clear expectations. Everyone should be clear about the team’s objectives, the action plan and their places in it.
Teamwork makes all the difference in growing your business, achieving maximum customer satisfaction and boosting company profitability. Follow these five tips to build your team, to help them connect with each other and to enable them to reach their objectives.