Your Path to Building a Great Team
Let’s face it, as business owners, we struggle with this issue regularly and the complaints are the same; I can’t find the right person for my team.
My product/service is suffering because my team is not properly trained.”
So, have you asked yourself, what does it take to build a great team? Building a great team is more than simply hiring the right people.
Let’s start with the first step in our journey to building a great team
Relationships and Camaraderie
The most important thing you can do early on when building your team is look for people who value the importance of relationships and building a sense of camaraderie. In other words, you want to look for people who organically enjoy being around each other on the worksite and also genuinely wouldn’t mind getting together after hours. Here are a few pointers that can help with building an atmosphere of teamwork and fun:
- Take time to get together outside of work. Have fun! – Go for a hike together or a trust walk as a team or catch the latest movie. Working together for a common purpose fosters friendships quickly.
- Have contests and give out prizes – Create rewards and incentives for employees to work together and individuals that go above and beyond. Doing this gets your people motivated and excited to come to work everyday.
Learning / Coaching Culture
As your team learns to trust each other, new employees will want to emulate behaviors of successful team members. This is critical during the first day when new employees join your team. Have your trainers request new employees to perform tasks in a respectful way, show them the correct way to perform the task, and teach them the importance of the task. Your team will understand the bigger picture of how things work and why certain aspects of the job are important to the success of your product or service.
Part of Something Bigger
Team members are the happiest when they feel they are part of something bigger. Being transparent and honest with your team is critical. In addition, listening actively during meetings and conversations will make your team feel their opinion matters and they are making a difference. When your team is connected to your company mission and values, they will inherently lead to providing the best service or product to satisfy your customers. Happy employees lead to happy customers.
When you have a team that works great together, it becomes a source of great ideas for your company’s products or services. So, let’s recap what it means to build a great team:
-Start with Relationships first – great teams consist of people that genuinely care about each other’s growth and have an eagerness to create that camaraderie.
-Learning mindset – Look for team members who have the hunger to learn and demonstrate patience in teaching others.
-Part of Something bigger – Finally, you want team members who will continuously ask how they are contributing to the bigger picture. They have a general curiosity about how their work ties into your company’s overall mission.
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