We’ve heard the saying there’s no ‘I’ in the team. But take another perspective. Everyone has something to offer, be it a skill, a talent, experience, an idea. Whatever it may be. To be a successful team, we must have an open approach to identifying, and encouraging, what each member can bring to a group. Then, of course, there is ‘I’ in a team.
A significant key component to the development of a team is establishing the feel of trust. It’s about being open with your team-mates. Being comfortable to raise concerns, being confident to challenge a colleague, confiding in a team member if help is needed. If there is lack of trust within a team, then it’s hard to work together effectively towards the same goal. Developing trust within a team can be achieved by awareness, both for the individual and group as a whole. Get to know each other, their skills, working styles, fears, capabilities, their goals. Encourage constructive debate as well as open discussions. By doing this your team will develop a deeper relationship, which will develop into a bonding relationship, which will develop into a trusting relationship.
- Value your team
Studies have shown that employees who are valued are more motivated as a team. Show interest in their efforts, communicate with them, congratulate them on their achievements, reward them on their outcome, show your appreciation.
The Result: a positive and enthusiastic team, not only will they show respect for each other but for your company.
- Take a break
Encourage non-work communication. Get out of the office. Studies have shown that communication in successful teams can be generated by having a break as a team, being social, and coming away from the work environment, and work-related conversation. It’s an opportunity for team bonding and the development of trusting friendships.
- Goal setting
Setting achievable goals will motivate your team. Communicate well and praise their efforts. Encourage them to identify their roles, ensuring that they are comfortable with what they have to offer the group. Reinforce what they do by praising them. Goals are viewed as a challenge, which completed successfully together as a team will create and build a stronger relationship.
TeamXL has been guilty of not spending time on our own team in the past, however, we have identified the importance of coming together and regularly participating in fun and interactive team activities on a regular basis.
Improve your teams MOJO, especially as we take time out to enjoy the festive break, and renew our energies for 2018.
Here are some great team building tips and fun team building ideas to thank and empower your team at the end of 2017:
1. Come together in a social setting, and thank every team member personally. This is a no-brainer!
2. Do some team activities to highlight what your teammates mean to you, and vice versa.
3. Reward the team for a big year – especially if it was challenging and the team experienced lots of change throughout the year. This can make all the difference to how the team moves into 2018 and beyond.
4. Have a team dinner and a few drinks, and bookend the year with a thank you speech and outline the good things that came out of the year.
5. Get the team together for a light-hearted and fun team building activity. Keep it interactive and not too focused… it been a big year and we want the team to engage as much as possible.
Popular team building activities are programs that are designed to promote team behaviors that promote trust, with challenge activities that utilise the skills, strengths, talent, experience, and capabilities of team members in a fun and rewarding environment.
A successful team activity will suit you, your team and your goals, giving a sense of value to your group and with the aim of developing a great team.