Imagine you walk into work one day and everyone is on the same page. Everyone is working in unison towards a goal, deadlines are being met, corporate projections are being surpassed, and communication is flowing freely between departments. This sounds like a dream come true, right? We can help get you there. Our purpose is to help you grow as one team, one cohesive unit, working towards a common goal.
There are several key elements that contribute to how well a team functions; communication, trust, accountability, focus, and commitment. Team development days are crucial for making sure all these elements are properly aligned. If any of these areas are weak, your department or company can begin to struggle.
Communication: There are companies struggling simply because none of the employees and management communicate well. There needs to be clear definitions of expectations for employees, definitive goals of what the company is aiming for, and an open line of communication between management and employees. It is crucial that companies stress the importance of good communication. If communication is not proficient, deadlines will be missed, meetings are miss-scheduled, and goals will not be achieved because no one knows them. How can a company be successful if no one is on the same page in understanding what is going on? Communication must flow from management to the team, from employee to employee, and from team to management. Your team should feel confident with their ideas and comfortable enough with one another to address anything workplace related. When communicating up and down the line, it needs to be concise and direct. The clearer you communicate, the less of a chance there is for misinterpretation.
Trust and Accountability: If leaders believe in the company’s vision and communicate that belief to the team, the team members will trust in that vision. If there is trust in the vision, your team will naturally want to excel and achieve it. Do you have a coworker or employee you routinely go to because you know they will get the job done? Most teams have that “go to” person, but imagine being able to rely on every employee equally instead of just that one person. In order to excel, teams need to be able to trust one another to complete their assigned tasks. When tasks are delegated, a great deal of trust goes to each employee to get their respective duty completed. By being able to put their name on their work, this makes employees care more about the quality of work they are putting out, and will feel a sense of pride and responsibility once the tasks are completed. With team members having a personal investment in the company, they are more likely to put that extra effort in. If at any point a team member is failing to meet standards, it is crucial that management and other team members communicate directly to let that employee know. Failing to communicate accountability is a very common occurrence in the workplace and can quickly lead to lapses in proficiency.
Focus and Commitment: Your company’s goals must be clearly defined in order for team members to focus on achieving them. You, as a group, need to remain focused on the goals. Weekly meetings and huddles (if kept brief, direct, and to the point) can help your team regroup, refocus, and re-engage with one another across departments. These meetings should be centered around what steps have been made towards achieving the company’s goals and what still needs to be done to achieve them. Team members must be committed to the decisions that come out of these meetings and need to follow through on any plans that were made. Leaders and management must keep the team engaged and focused on achieving their goals. Without commitment towards the plans and goals, there will not be much follow through.
Team Development is crucial in all work places because every aspect interlinks with one another. Communication must be present for employees to trust one another and to have a level of accountability. Trust and accountability must be present for teams to be focused and committed to achieving goals. In order for a team to be focused and committed to achieving their goals, they need to be communicated properly to the team.
Whether you set aside half of a day, one day, or multiple days to strengthen your team, you will see the benefits. By going through trust exercises, communication drills, and fun activities your team will develop the crucial skills needed to achieve mission success.