by guest blogger Tracy Knofla
High Impact Training
10 Minutes to a Great Team!
Build your Team in Under a Minute a Day
Fast, Fast, Fast, Ways to Build a Team
Titles like these nearly scream from business-book shelves across the country. It makes you wonder, “If it only takes a minute, why aren’t my employees working as a team?”
This is the question that a lively group of human resources professionals pondered recently during a Chamber program sponsored by the Human Resource Council. This fun and engaging workshop entitled Team “Work” was presented by Chamber member, Tracy Knofla, of High Impact Training.
Tracy knows that there’s no fast way to create a team. Creating an outstanding team requires both intention and attention over a period of time so that employees will trust the process.
Many employers believe that providing matching t-shirts or watching employees help each other over a wall on a ropes course will make them into a team. However, it’s what happens after you give them the shirt, and after they’ve climbed the wall that really matters.
The very first question she asked those in attendance was:
“Do your employees really need to work as a team?”
In some industries employees really don’t need to work as a team. For instance, a sales department with employees working on commission doesn’t really need to work as a team. They should be cordial, but basically they work for themselves, in accordance with the mission of the company. Trying to get them to work as a team will likely be unsuccessful.
If your employees really do need to work as a team, that is, their jobs are inter-dependent, it is important for you to be intentional in creating an atmosphere where teamwork can thrive.
During the workshop, participants brainstormed over 100 elements that make teams successful. They were shocked at how many factors go into creating an effective team.
Their top elements are listed here:
dedication ~ trust ~ positivity ~ nonjudgmental ~ diversity ~ creativity ~ support ~ cooperation ~ communication ~ respect ~ fun ~ empathy ~ honesty ~ listening ~ clear goals ~ recognition ~ integrity ~ passion ~ accountability ~ leadership
Creating an environment in which any one of these could flourish will take more than a minute. Taken all together, you can see the “work” that goes into creating and maintain strong and effective teams. While it will take some work, here are three things to get you started creating your own awesome team:
1. Train supervisors to coach their employee-teams. Many supervisors ascend to their position with little training on managing people. Often just a little bit of training can make a big difference.
2. Make sure that every employee knows their job, the expectations you have of them, and how their position contributes to the overall success of the company.
3. Create an environment of collaboration and cooperation throughout the organization. Praise and reward team behaviors.
The acronym TEAM stands for Together Everyone Achieves More. While this statement is really true, it’s like everything else worth doing – hard work!