When times at work become challenging teamwork can often be pushed out of immediate focus. However here are some solid strategies for keeping a sense of team spirit alive in the workplace.
A team building programme will give new insights into colleagues and reveal better ways to work with them. Instead of dwelling on what you do not like about them, you should now understand why they react in certain ways. The more you know about your colleagues, the better you can strengthen relationships with them. Focus on what you like about them and use that to address the areas where you would like to see improvement.
A team must always be working towards common goals, yet few team members are aware of what these goals are and how to get there. Ensure that your team knows the mission statement of the company. That simple step should ensure that everyone is aiming for the same target. A set of company values will differentiate you from your competitors. Research has proven that successful companies are those with employees who live by these values every day.
Moments of delight, wow experiences and exceeding expectations are keys to creating a happy workplace where all the teams feels valued. Make it your goal to tell people when they are doing a great job and inspire them to achieve much more. Go the extra distance for your colleagues and the enthusiasm generated will put everyone on the road to success.
Team building works because you get out of the office and learn to have fun with the people you see every day. It does not have to stop when you get back to the office. Start making plans to get together regularly with colleagues out of office hours. A fun night out with the team provides good conversation in the office, solidifies team spirit and means you are not talking shop all the time. Let a different person organise the gathering each time. That will tell you what they like to do in their spare time.
During the team-building event we get enthusiastic about communicating better, sharing resources and inspiring leadership. But be careful, because it does not end there. Make a strong commitment to take back the valuable insights and commit to them every day. This is the best way to make the team spirit components become natural and intuitive. There is no magic formula, it just takes commitment and practice.