In a recent blog, we discussed the traits of team players, but that’s only half of the picture. Management carries responsibility too – in creating a workplace environment that encourages healthy teams and happy players. So . . . what are the key components that lead to a productive team atmosphere?
• Ensure that everyone has all the information they need to not only complete their task but also to understand how those tasks fit into the big picture.
• Keep everyone abreast of project schedules and progress.
• Provide regular feedback to individuals and groups working together.
• Listen to your people. Address issues. Respond to needs. Seek their input.
• Encourage consistent communication between team members.
• Offer team-building activities.
• Be interested – respect privacy, of course, but take the time to know your employees’ personal side.
• Set the pace for building trust among the team.
Create a Positive Environment
• Make recognition a part of your style.
• Express appreciation to individuals and the team.
• Reward their work.
• Provide coffee and healthy snacks. If a project requires a late night, provide supper.
• Take breaks and encourage the occasional “fun times.”
Encourage Healthy Lifestyles
• Healthy employees make better employees – provide encouragement and opportunity for them to invest in their health.
• Sponsor walk-a-thons, a company sports team, etc.
• Offer healthy choices in the break room and cafeteria.
• Offer flexibility to enhance work-life balance.
• Insist on vacations.
Provide Opportunities for Career Growth
• Offer workshops and mini training seminars.
• Reward participation in webinars or conferences.
• Pay a portion – or all – of pertinent continuing education classes.
• Challenge employees with responsibilities that stretch them.
• Don’t micromanage.
• Encourage innovation and reward effort, even when an idea flops.
Build a Give-Back Company Brand
• Give your employees a reason to be proud of where they work.
• Give back to your community.
• Provide ways that employees can be involved in the giving. For example, food drives, coaching a Little League team that the company sponsors, participating as a company in Habitat for Humanity, or supporting a local community event.
Creating an atmosphere that fosters teamwork, encourages team players, and builds community connections reaps a high ROI in both productivity and talent retention. Take the time – it’s worth it!
Springborn Staffing was built on teamwork. We get it. That’s why we are committed to connecting team players with Bangor and Portland companies that inspire teamwork. Connect with us today and discover the benefits of working with Maine’s leading staffing firm.