When done correctly, team building activities will help not only improve teams but also help pull them back from the edge of disaster; many of you may have experienced the uneasiness as a team unravels whether due to deteriorating relationships or staff layoffs. Team building activities offer a conducive environment for developing as individuals are in playing together and so in a more open state for learning. But alongside team building activities, we’ve pit together this tongue-in-cheek short list on how not not build a winning team!
CREATE A TEAM IN YOUR OWN IMAGE, YOU’RE A STAR!
You may be East Slough’s Salesman of the Year but it doesn’t mean you should hire a team matching your qualities. A great team will contain a healthy mixture of different personalities that posses different qualities. Of course every team needs a natural leader to come to the front but a team of leaders could create a hostile work environment. Think about the different personalities within your team, especially when hiring and try to find a good balance.
BE DISRESPECT, IT’LL PROMOTE A HEALTHY COMPETITION!
There’s no role in the company that a leader should look down upon. Whether they’re a part-time worker or a life-long employee it pays to respect their role and the person. A leader must show this respect in words and actions and help the individual succeed.
DON’T INVEST, SAVE!
The will always be natural progression within a team as the members learn each other’s personalities and also as they become more competent at their duties and tasks. However it’s not wise to sit back and hope for your team to develop. Investing in your team for team progressing as well as individual progression has a wealth of benefits such as improving the group’s dynamics and job satisfaction. Team building activities are great for developing specific areas of a team that may need improving such as group problem solving, creativity, trust and leadership.
DON’T HOLD APPRAISALS, LET THEM GUESS!
Critical for employee satisfaction is the presence of metrics that are truly meaningful and actionable for every team member As noted by Patrick Lencioni in his great book “The Three Signs of a Miserable Job”, “Employees that can measure their own progress or contribution is going to develop a greater sense of personal responsibility and satisfaction than those who cannot”. Good work should be praised, but equally substandard work must also be noted. It can be demoralising to employees if poor work is allowed to go unchecked. Furthermore if you, as a leader/manager of a team make a promise to your team, make sure you keep it can be incredibly disheartening to have a leader who says one thing and does another. By making promises and keeping to them you’ll build a culture of respect.