Your small business is growing. You are adding employees. Each of them is an individual hire, assigned to a singular area or task. Are the new pieces fitting together? In other words, are you giving thought to assembling a good team?
An analogy is a sports team. Why do some seemingly loaded-with-talent teams go nowhere and others with far less ability rise to the top? It is “chemistry”: making sure the human beings you are hiring work together cohesively in a way that enhances rather than hinders productivity.
Here are some tips from the experts on how to build that winning team:
- Clear expectations. A group of individuals cannot operate at its peak without a clear roadmap for where it is headed. Management must communicate with team and individuals the exact goals ahead. Without such communication, well-meaning and talented employees can wander in wrong directions.
- Periodic assessment. Along the way, managers must tell team members how they are progressing toward their goals and what must be done to get back on track, if anything.
- Push and reward proactivity. Even the best goals and periodic assessment cannot provide answers for every twist and turn in the road toward achieving goals. Employees must be empowered and encouraged to make modifications in course when unforseen obstacles appear.
- Encourage two-way communication. Don’t get caught in the trap of management dictating all communications to employees like edicts from the mountain. Encourage your employees to freely ask questions to managers and managers to listen and welcome the open dialogue.
- Go beyond the normal work environment. “Teambuilding” can be a powerful tool to unleash the next level of productivity in your company. Organize periodic fun sessions for workers that might include a bit of challenge, such as rock climbing, or interesting classroom time. This time away from the office, if done correctly, can strengthen the bonds of understanding between employees and take your organization to the next level.
- Celebrate. Identify an occasional theme breakfast or lunch that combines fun with encouragement. Thank your teams for a job well done and make your employees aware that you appreciate their hard work and are willing to treat them as humans and not robots.
There are dozens of other tips to make your organization stronger and your workplace more fun and productive. The point is to give some thought and effort to strengthening your core assets — your employees — and everyone will be rewarded exponentially.