It’s All About That Team Chemistry
Running a business is hard work, but running a business that has a staff who can’t work together is harder.
A team that works together well is a team that is long-lasting. People have different personalities, and that’s a given; you hire humans and not robots. The thing is, people either learn to get along or they don’t, and if they don’t, you can either make a conscious effort to fire those who cause friction, or you can encourage people to learn to get to know each other. No one has to like someone just because you say so – duh! – but in a professional workplace, people do have to learn to get along together and focus on the business if they can’t gel personally.
It’s not always easy to bring a team together, especially when people come from all walks of life and all have a different opinion on the biggest issues out there. You will likely have spent a lot of time in the interview process meeting people and learning their quirks so that you can decide whether they are the right people to bring into the company. You need productive members of staff who can be everything that your company needs them to be, and below, we’ve got four ways you can make that happen for your business:
Team Building Experiences. There’s nothing more cringeworthy to an employee than being told that they have to go and do fun activities with a bunch of people that they don’t know, so you have to instead throw in something fun to do. Going for a meal is nice, sure, but you can also add in creating an ice sculpture, a Bake Off-style competition and even outdoor adrenaline-inducing activities. Team building is so much more than the activity, but the way that people have to learn to communicate to complete it.
Job Swaps. Friction is created at work when people don’t understand what the other teams do all day. Host a job swap week and have everyone swap roles for a week. Not only will people pick up new skills that they could add to their resume, they can gain a little insight into the stresses of others in the workplace.
Socialising. A big part of the working week should include a social factor. People need a place to blow off a little steam away from the office. A lunch or dinner once a week is a good way for people to shake off the workplace and talk together on a personal level. People loosen up when they relax, and regular socials can do that.
Relax. Your office environment can only be productive and thrive if you are the sort of boss who allows a little relaxation in the office. Allow some banter. Don’t ban the internet entirely and encourage people to chat. A silent office with no fun is just… no fun!
Your staff can work together well, but you have to be the one in the driving seat making it happen.