An effective team won’t appear out of thin air. It requires careful consideration from a team leader with a strong sense of team values, code of ethics, and goals. Without a good leadership style from the head, an employee is simply a co-worker.
Below are some steps in building a strong team infrastructure.
Set an expectation from the beginning
A new employee often comes as a blank slate, ready to soak up all the organization has to offer. It will only last for a short while as that employee will try to find ways to operate as a seasoned organization member.
Take advantage of newness, let your expectations be known, and start setting ground rules about the type of team expectation that you have. Creating a culture of shared-problem solving, responsibility, and making decisions are expected as a new employee.
Communicating these values at the beginning as an effective leader will allow your new employee to know what they signed up for and what is expected of them.
Appreciating Team Members as Individuals
While you want all your employees to be a part of a team, you must ensure that you do this with different perspectives as they’re persons with diverse backgrounds.
Understanding that they already reach this far in their lives without your company’s assistance and that they may strive ever more after they leave your organization is vital.
An excellent team member will blossom when they are valued and honoured for their uniqueness.
Motivating Team Members
Shaping employees’ behaviour with positive enforcements is far more effective than negative ones. If a team member makes a mistake, don’t be quick to criticize them. Instead, encourage them by citing the good things they did that you liked.
Positively reinforcing your team is better than shaming the ones who made a mistake.
Assume that people want to know how they’re performing because if an employee sense that you have something to say but aren’t saying, it can cause them to stress, which can cause them to work poorly. Effective communication can build relationships that last for decades, while on the other hand, silence can break good ones.
Your team should be as diverse as possible when it comes to building. It would be best if you considered people from different backgrounds, ages, experiences, and opinions. It would help if you surrounded yourself with people who will see things that you won’t.
Finding someone you can trust
It would be best to find an employee who you can trust to make decisions that you would make given the opportunity, someone who can represent your organization by becoming an ambassador. Allowing that person to make decisions on their own is one way of grooming them for the part. Because you’re investing time and energy into this person, you should consider the potential of having them for the long-term in your business or your industry.
Whether you’re experienced or not, understanding the ins and outs of team building, people management, and workplace communication can be the difference between a successful or unsuccessful business.